PaLady, as far as doctors files for SSDI. I know you want to know what is in your medical files before filing but you don't necessarily need to have them all in hand when filing. I'm sure it may speed things up a bit.
When I filed I had to sign release forms so that SS could request my records. They requested records from my rheumy, ortho surgeon & PM doctor and all of them responded very quickly.
This may take some of the pressure off of you. I'm not sure if Pete had all of his records before hand or not, maybe he will reply to this or other members also.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3