Chronic Pain and social security disability

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Dee and I just joined today. Was glad to find a place to vent my frustrations. I had carpal tunnel surgery , trigger thumb surgery, and tendon release surgery in both wrists. I also have degenerative disc disease and herniated discs in neck and back. Was on workmans comp for the carpal tunnel thumbs and wrists and was off work for about 9 months. Returned to work on dec 31 2006, worked about a month when my back went out. That was when the mri showed the damage to my back had no medical leave left on job so was terminated on feb 15 2007. In the meantime still have ongoing workmans comp case which my lawyer has now added my neck and back to the case. Applied for social security disability and received the notice today was denied. So for the last year and a half we have had to live on 1 income and that hurts. I no longer have health insurance because the premiums were so high could not afford it. The pain is awful and between the constant pain and frustration i feel like just screaming and never stopping. Thank god i have a very loving and supportive husband! I do have some friends that still contact me but many have quit calling or coming by. Well just wanted to vent and anyone intrested feel free to comment.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am dealing with SS for my back as well. it is difficult to get any kind of payment out of them as they do not see that we cannot work due to our injuries. Keep trying Sooner....that's about all I can tell you to do.

Welcome to HW forum and I hope that you find this forum a useful tool in helping you to cope with your CP.
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain


Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.

tom inpain
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 239
   Posted 8/7/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dee: Welcome to the forum. We all here are in the same boat as You and experienced insurance problems, lack of understanding friends and of course pain and it's management. I guess You kinda like in limbo waiting for Your day in Court with a insurance company that could care less. As You read thru the threads You will read that every problem You have is now being addressed or has been addressed in the past. My experience in Social Security as in Workers Comp. You need a really good lawyer, need to have all Your paperwork ( wage loss, medical reports, bills) all in order and be prepared to fight everything down to the last penny.
It is always good to see new people come in but sad that the reason they are here is pain. I look forward to enjoying Your company as we fight together for our rights for medical treatment and the medications needed to maintain a decent quality of life and of course money to pay our bills and have a life. Thanks for joining, Your new pain friend Tom
Tom Lasko

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/8/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
hi scarred and tom , thank you both for your comments and encouragement. So glad i found a place where folks understand how you are feeling and the frustration you are going through. :-)

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 146
   Posted 8/8/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I was in a situation like yourself, and yes it was difficult. I had to hire an attorney and they did get some of my settlement, but I was successful in the long run. I am not sure where you live but check out public assistance for some help, it's worth a try. I know it is frustrating facing so many problems at one time, but what are the options, hope you are approved.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 125
   Posted 8/8/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome!
I as well had to deal with social security disability. I filed and was not grated it until 3years later. The good news is that once you are grated disability they do pay you back to the date you filed. So after 3yrs of charging everything and going to free clinics for minor things I was finally awarded a lump sum to pay off the charged debts. Don't give up. Again welcome.
BTW..  I had to hire an attorney as well, it makes all the difference in the world.  I my experience.

Post Edited (~Cloe~) : 8/8/2008 4:47:26 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 617
   Posted 8/9/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Soonermom53,

From my experience, the key to getting approved for disability is to FLOOD THEM WITH MEDICAL RECORDS.  That's what I did, and I made it through on the first go-round, which seems to be the exception not the norm.  Get records from every location that you've seen a doctor, therapist, or surgeon, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic/testing name it.  Get the records for as far back as relavent, and make sure you get a copy of each set of records for yourself, in additon to the ones that go to Social Security.  That way there aren't any surprises.  Since you've already been rejected once, make sure you find a good attourney to help you through the appeals process.

Good Luck!!!

Leigh Ann cool

Basic info:
  • On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems 
  • Divorced, 43, spawn-free 
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Stadol Nasal Spray, Lortab/Percocet, Trazadone, Buspar, Protonix, Tramadol, Visteryl, Carafate Suspension, Co-Q10, B2(Riboflavin), Remifemin(Black Cohosh)
  • Current Problem: Mysterious Internal GI Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
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deb in indiana
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 387
   Posted 8/9/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My will 4 years since my ssd.I went in front of the judge and all he asked me was i in a car wreck in 1993 and how much money did i get i have 7 bad disks,astma copd,allergies,fibro,2 kinds arthtris,ibs,gerd,sugar ,depression,blood pressure,satic in right leg, bad veins in legs,i take 33 pills a day which is 17 different meds i re applied in May went to two more ssd doctors and they called and asked husband a bunch questions about what i can do and not do the even found out i take my mom to get groceries,pay her bills,they asked husband why i do that and he said she is 81 and the rest of the 5 kids care about there self not there mom.My son does this on the ssd cases he has done 20 and has won all but mine I filed in federal court and hope they agree that i deserve back pay till Nov. 2004 .I worked 29 years one full time job and one part time i feel at work and leg gave out and boss got real crappy cause  i had a work slip not to come to work  so i just quit i figured if thats all she cared about was her self the hell with it.We filled bankrubcty but we are still hanging in there so take care its a rough road to go i got so streessed i had to go on anti depressant meds.But iam hanging in there and not giving up.Take care and hope you have faster sucess the others.Hugs Deb

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 8/11/2008 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your encouragement and advice. I have an attorney for my ssd and and also have an attorney fighting workmans comp. I go to workmans comp court on Thursday so please pray for me as i pray for all of you.
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