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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
 Like to share an update with ya. I went for the Social Security Disability physical exam this morning. Very unprofessional. I had better exams by the grade school nurse. And my case relys on on what this turkey says? First of all, im introduced to Dr. SoNso, name omitted. As im in the office, i see no Physican degrees on the wall. He listend to my breathing, checked the force of me lifting my legs and squeezing his fingers. Thats it. Thats all there was to it. In fact i  unknowingly followed him in the building this morning, and hes carrying a back pack? Now, i aint no dummie, and i spent entire day scouring the net on preparing for this exam. I went in with usual amount of morning meds, mornings are terrible for me any way. But i was with it enough to see what a farce this was. If this guy was a legit doctor then why cant i find him in the local physicans registry? Im not one to make waves but this was pathetic. I actually think i used medical terms that were not in his vocabulary and he looked puzzeld. I dont take lightly to being treated dumb, and when this person calls themselves a doctor it really got my goat. I have a call into my case manager to have my REAL doctor submit his findings. Kinda makes you wonder what these people get paid for doing. nono

Post Edited (ELderLy) : 10/14/2008 10:16:31 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/14/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elderly,
Well, they get paid for doing IME's - so-called Independent Medical Exams, and many of them pretty much work for insurance companies, etc., and their conclusion may be predictable. I would write a description of what the "exam" was like - try to do it in neurtral, unemotional words - and possibly send a note to your own doctor. Make sure your own doctors' records are all in order, and SSD should rely more heavily on them, although I can't recall if this is your first time applying there's almost an automatic denial. No, it's not right, but it's typical.

The doctor may not have a listing in the local registry if he's not in private practice, but instead works for a facility. BUT you should be able to find him by looking through your state's licensing board online directory, and if you can't then I would call that doctor's office and ask for his credentials. In what state is he licensed? Also, I'm not sure of SSD allows a CRNP (nurse practitioner) to do exams - that may be a possibility. Some others here may know more about that. And they have to be practicing under the supervision of a doctor (although doctor doesn't have to be in the room). I do think it's a good point to raise at any hearing you have that how could a doctor who completes that type of an examination possibly understand all that's going on with you.

It's all so frustating, isn't it?'


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   

To Whom It May Concern: (Say the right name if possible)

I saw Dr. SewNso this morning and I came from the appointment feeling somewhat

I found him pleasant and well groomed, but I'm not totally sure that he was aware
of all my health problems. Perhaps the exam should be done again?

He checked my breathing, the force of me lifting my legs and then I squeezed his
fingers. We spoke briefly about how I was feeling and I filled out a form.


Be really careful of how you word this letter. You don't want this doctor to say
unpleasant things about you. EVER. Your letter was perfect for the forum but
not for submission to his superiors. Good luck. Do it. Just be syrup sweet.

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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Elderly, my exam for SS disability sounded almost identical to yours except my doc never touched me.  His office was in part of an old house, I only saw one staff other than him and they didn't speak much english.  He had me sit on the table and asked me about 2 questions and that was it, what a joke.  In fact, during my hearing the judge got very upset when I told him about this exam.  He said it was quite obvious what was going on as the "independant's" doc report was so different than all of my other doc's reports.  The judge really got upset and spent quite some time talking about how bad this doc was. 

As long as you have your docs write reports that say what is going on with you, the judge should put more emphasis on those than these quacks. Good luck!


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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
  wink   Syrup sweet, i like that. Thanks for the info and suggestions. In process of having SS send my doctor the exam packet. My Pain management doctor said he would take care of it, no problem.  Didnt even have to say," purdy please with sugar on it".
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