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   Posted 3/27/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I had the dreaded psych eval for my disability request today. I went prepared with a hugh tote bag filled with all of the meds I take in their "origonal bottles", all the paper work I had filled out and copies of paper work that I had filled out and send to them. My hair continues to fall out and I looked like I had just come in out of the rain or someone who is a good candidate for a complete makeover! First this gal asked me to count backwards from 100 minus 7's (100-7=93 etc,). Then she rattles off a series of up to 6 numbers which you repeat  back to her. THEN she does the same giving you a series of 6 numbers to repeat BACKWARDS! Now I don't know about you, but if I'm not having a good day this was and unkind thing to ask of you! Anyway, she leaves and the doc comes in and is nice but you can tell he either doesn't want to throw in any conversations about the spring weather we were having or he just wants to get this crap over as quickly as I do. He asked the usual questions and when he got to the part about do I ever feel depressed, I had to think about it a few seconds before answering. I told him that for the first time in many years of many physical and personal hardships that I did think I was a bit depressed. Either that or it is the fact that they have changed 3 meds on me in the last 2 weeks and it has taken a tole on my body.  The increase of the Neurontin to 2700 mg. a day has put 5 lbs. on me in the last week and is messing with my vision. It also makes me more tired than ever. I didn't tell him however that I'm just really, really, stinking mad! about what I can't say. No one has done anything to me,said anything to hurt my feelings, etc. but I am just big time ANGRY!
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smhair There again, it could be the med changes. Whatever it is , I don't like it. He said I should know something in a week or so which means to me that I'll be turned down. He couldn't even figure out why they asked for me to have a psych eval.  Anyway....just had to vent.

Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.

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   Posted 3/28/2009 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you saw the same doctor I did,lol They sent me because I listed Elavil as a med that I am on. I do take it for depression, but more for the effect it has on my pain. I can tell a real difference in how I feel physically if I don't take it. They almost always turn you down the first time. When they do, get a lawyer and file an appeal. I tried to do my appeal on my own and I got turned down. I have a lawyer now and things are looking up. Hang in there. It will all work out eventually.

Motorcycle wreck 08/2004: 119 fx, 13 surgeries with more to go, including 5 bone grafts, 2 skin grafts, pelvic reconstruction x2. Right leg is 1.5" shorter than left. Have to wear knee brace for life and also AFO brace for drop foot. Nerve damage from hip down to toes, nerve pain in lower leg. Spinal fusion. Will be on crutches the rest of my life. Pain level never below 5 even on pain meds. Since August 2007 I have been diagnosed with chronic atelactesis, tachycardia, high blood pressure, borderline personality disorder, depression and Delayed sleep phase syndrome

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   Posted 3/28/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
nurse2 I understand how you feel, from the first time I appled for SSD to the time it was finally approved was close to 3 years, and all the Doctors appointments and everything! So many hoops to jump through and the dissappointment of not being approved! It was just as if they try and wear you down, and they hope that you will give up! They also like to look at all the previous training you have had in your past so they can claim that you should be able to do this type of job or that! Not taking into account that your in pain and cannot possibly perform that type of job! Heck if it wasn't for my Lawyer I know I would have given up! But he told me that I had an outstanding case, medically it was a no brainer! But my age at that time ( I was younger) and all the training I had in my background. (I am retired Air Force and I had extensive training in three different career fields, besides nursing,) and SS thought I should be able to work in at least one of those careers! Even though I could nolonger physically do those jobs! I guess the thing I am trying to tell you is don't give up hope, it will be OK! It is a very frustrating process, but persistence and perseverance will get you through this. Jules is right "Hang in there. It will all work out eventually!"
Good Luck to You nurse2
White Beard


I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV

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   Posted 3/29/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nurse2:

I am convinced that what White Beard said is true, they make it as difficult as they possibly can with the mounds of paperwork you and every one of your doctors has to fill out (& if your doctor is not on time with the paperwork, it is your responsibility to get them to do it or they will use that as a reason to turn you down), and then they prolong things and turn you down for no good reason. I think they hope that you are going to give up or be forced back to work because you can't afford to live with no income while they are playing their games.

I can't imagine trying to navigate this process without an attorney, one that specializes in the type of disability you are trying to get (SSI, Workman's Comp, etc.). I was very lucky - I was approved on the first attempt, but it still took a year. I know that is nothing compared to most and believe me I am very grateful.

I know people that have gotten disability who have never had surgery and the only doctor they ever saw for their ailment was a chiropractor. (I am not putting down chiropractors, I think they are great, but I think the only tests they can order to evaluate a patients condition is x-rays and maybe an MRI, and the person couldn't have been on any prescription meds), so it seems like a no-brainer looking at the brief medical history you have included with your post.

Hang in there! I, too, am sure it will happen, you just have to persevere and show them who's boss (HaHa)! Once again, it is all those people who don't truly deserve it making it difficult for those of us that do.

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 3/29/2009 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
bluejet, you were very lucky! My husband was too. He got his the very first try, didn't have to see ANY SS docs for anything. He was approved in less than 4 months and was ready go go back to work three months after that. He wasn't hurt any where near as bad as I was and he got his that easy. I can't sit, stand, walk or anything and I have been fighting it for over 4 years now. They sent me to 2 different docs for physicals. The second one was this really great 71 year old doctor and he hasn't done anything for 14 years except disability physicals.. He started the eval, then told me to just sit back down. He went and called my case worker and told him was a darn fool for taking so long,lol He told them that there was no way he could do the eval because I wasn't able to do anything. He checked range of motion which was just about nil and did all of my x-rays. Before I left he gave me his home number and told me if for some insane reason they didn't approve to call him. He would get it pushed thru.

Nurse, just hang in there hon. You can get it if you just stick to your guns and stay after them. Just think of the great big back check you are going to get!
Thirteen surgeries from motorcycle wreck. Reconstructed right pelvis, DJD left hip, trochanteric bursitis left hip, screws in knee, metal plates on right pelvis, spinal fusion to reattach right pelvis, metal plates right tibia and fibula, metal plates needs replaced on tibia, cannot walk without crutches, drop foot, nerve damage and pain, HTN, tachycardia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, PTSD, chronic atelactesis
Wonderful husband, 3 awesome children that are grown but still take care of me. Two dogs, Buddy- Cardigan Welsh Corgi/Borner Collie mic, Crash- Yorkie, 1 psychotic cat, Precious, 1 anti-social cat, Prissy.

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