I know your heart's in the right place, but take a breath, ok?
These problems with the SSD system aren't new, and are very complex. You might want to research some older threads as Straydog has provided a lot of excellent info. on this topic over time to many of us here. But to attack the system probably would get us into political areas and that's against the forum rules, so I think the best we have been able to do here is provide support and share our experiences.
Various media periodically pick up on this issue, but there are so many big stories out there now with many people hurting, I don't think this is top priority for many news outlet - except maybe a special interest story here or there. AARP did a story about
a year ago in their newsletter about
people who sometimes die before they get SSD. And like some other members have mentioned, many (myself included) will exhaust all their savings and any other resource they can get their hands on, and have to cling to the little bit you get from other government programs until SSD comes through (if it does).
Honestly, I don't think the problem is individuals who are getting disability who shouldn't be - at least that's not the biggest piece of it, IMHO. And I do think (again, IMHO) we need to be careful of judging others we may know or see from a distance. I know that if I get SSD, might I still try on occasion to do some kinds of activities to maintain a pittance of a quality of life? Sure, I'll try. And SSD even allows you to earn a few hundred dollars/month (I think it's up to $900/month now) and still be considered disabled. From what I am learning, it's about
the inability to be "gainfully employed" not necessarily inability to do anything. I guess I just make these observations because I know how I and others here are judged - people tell us how we look fine, etc. when we know otherwise - so I'm hesitant to judge others based on what I may see. (BTW, Michael, this isn't in response to your post as much as comments that sometimes generally get made).
Ok, I've rambled enough here! Search some older threads and see what comes up - especially with Straydog's posts.
Good luck with the discogram tomorrow. It's not going to be as bad as you think (usually our minds create more horror scenarios than the reality, although I know that's not always true). You will be mostly out of it, and though it may not be pleasant if they recreate your pain, think of it as a positive thing because that will mean your surgeon can more accurately pinpoint where your pain is coming from.
Oops! I see Straydog posted while I was typing! LOL
Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/16/2010 12:55:55 PM (GMT-7)