Tammy, sorry I haven't been on in awhile. But my crohns disease is in a full flare and I feel awful.
Tammy this is going to take some leg work, but honey you need to get together all of your new medical evidence and send a good legible copy to your judge. Actually you basically need to update them totally with all new medical records that they do not have. That is to include written reports of any testing as well. Do not rely on your drs offices to do this for you, it won't happen, they will back burner you. You cannot rely on SS to write your drs for current medical records either, as they are just not equipped to handle this. I am on SSD for crohns disease, I was awarded benefits on my initial application. I provided SS with every single medical report, all medical information I did it myself. That way I knew they had current medical at all times. Bombard them with paperwork kid.
Now, I am not sure where you are in your claim, I am assuming you asked for a Reconsideration of the initial Denial. Your next step would have been to Request A Reconsideration of that Determination. Are you still at this stage or have you Request A Hearing Before an Adminstrative Law Judge? This is the pecking order of SS to get to a hearing. Also, SS for quite a few years hired these Vocational Experts to sit in on the actual hearing. At the end of the hearing the judge will look at VE and say, "is there any kind of of work for this person based on education & age"? These VE can either help your case or kill it. I do not believe they should be in the process personally.
The backlog for SSD is so horrendous in every state. Texas where I live brings in visiting judges to help with the backlog, but I have not seen any improvement yet.
Now, once you have forwarded copies of all medical records to SS, call your local congressperson's office. Talk to them about what is happening with your SS claim. Explain to them the length of time it is taking on your case. Give them a very brief explanantion of your medical conditions. Ask them to assist you with SS. The day you make this call Tammy write out a brief outline of where the case sits in SS's office, same with your medical conditions. Be sure to point out that you are not able to do ordinary daily tasks for yourself or in the home.
By the way I have many years experience in dealing with SS claims. Give your congressperson a chance to do some calling before jumping out to get a lawyer. When its time to get a lawyer, be sure he handles nothing but SS claims. There are attys out there that handle nothing but SS. Do not bother with a jack of all trades and master of none ever when in need of a lawyer.
FYI-I know you don't want to hear this but, your age is going to be a big hinderance to you. They just don't want young people on SS is all I have ecver been able to think of. If you are breathing they think you can do some type of work unfortunately. I applied once with a back & neck injury when I was in my early 40's, I got turned down. They figured I could do some kind of work.