Thanks, edt, and Jag, but I do understand about the medical records issue. I am choosing to do it this way because I know that all of my doctors have NOT been prompt in resonding to requests. Some are, some aren't. And it will only take one set of records to not be in the pile to be the easiest reason for an initial denial. Now mind you I'm not ignorant of these processes, having been in health care for so long professionally, and am in practical terms expecting the initial denial. BUT I want to do everything within my power to avoid it. And I also have to get the records together for the new doctor I'll be seeing. He has asked me to give him everything SSD will get, because he will also be submitting his records, and he has nothing about me at this point. So I'm trying to get the package together for both him and SSD, and hopefully send him down a package of records in advance of my seeing him, as a courtesy to give him time to read them. He is a psychiatrist and will be helping me with chronic pain and depression, and I want him to be able to have all the info. because I think his records will be probably as important as my neurosurgeon's.
I did pick up records from my PT and my neurologist, both of whom were very nice and made me an extra set for SSD, and didn't charge me a penny. But the thing that ticked me off is my neurologist (I've mentioned before I've been seen at that practice for nearly 30 years now, 20 years by one of his partners who retired - who I loved, this guy I've got now is just plain lazy, among other things) who I've talked with SEVERAL times about disability, and who has recommended it, did not mention ONE WORD about it in his records. I thought he'd have something in there, since we had discussed it. He's also the one who has refused to prescribe the percocet, although would Rx the neurontin. If his office didn't have so much history on me, I'd get rid of him, but I can't afford to tick him off now. I'm not even getting or submitting my PCP records as she's even worse, and she's not really treated me for all this. I don't have the insurance to run around and see all these doctors.
Interesting, isn't it, how some of our doctors are great and others, well....I won't use the words here. My neurosurgeon, for example, has been Rxing the percocet and neurontin and pm valium for over 2 years (since my surgery). And I haven't been to see him in well over a year, since most of our contact has been done by phone and he's 3 hrs away. Plus he usually discharges someone to pain mangement after 6 months tops. So they've mailed me my scripts with just a phone call from me. Haven't had to pay them. Some people care. Some.
Keep me in your thoughts!!! I've got to get this browser updated somehow. But I want to keep going on this SSD and other financial stuff so maybe it's all for good reason! LOL
I do miss HW!!!!