Good morning Pete!!! If your interested on what information you will need to get together for your appeal I thought I'd let you know the form that you need to fill out for it. If you go to the SS website check out form SSA-3441-BK. This is the appeal form and it asks for any information that has occurred since you last filed.
My lawyer sent me one to fill out for our appt. and as normal I screwed it up, so read through it before starting to fill it out so you don't do what I did. I printed another one from the website and this time I am doing my answers on scrap paper before transferring to the form.
Remember to be precise. Don't just say your pain has increased, tell them how much and what causes it. If you need to sit in the recliner to alleviate back pain tell them how much of your day is spent in the chair (I put 2 hrs, plus I put that I have to take breaks while watching a movie or playing a board game so I don't have hip pain and stiffness). On the med effects I am adding that my typing error rate has increased so they don't think they can set me in front of a computer all day.
Hope this helps.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3