Hi Pete, sorry for this bad news. My first application I filed in July 2006, five months later, recieved first denial. I filed an appeal at my local office, second denial recieved within 6-9months in 2007. Hired an attorney, I live in a small high desert town, I did hire an attorney from T.V., he sent appeal. In September 2008, had an ALJ hearing, at my hearing the judge said if I worked I would need to take my breaks in my car, theie medical Dr. stated I would miss 3-5 days of work a month due to my severe illness, Vocational expert found Two jobs I could do-one working in a hospital in pharmacy doing somthing-can't remember the name, other job had no DOT code(whatever they called it), she also agreed that my attendance would affect the jobs.
Four months later or so recieved Denial letter in 2009. Judge stated my allleged symptoms the way I described how it affected me were not credible,but my illness was severe,that I could do Light sedentary work and theat I would miss 2-3days of work a month,that I was capable of going to postoffice by myself, also that I had chosen this way of Lifestyle and if I won it would benefit my husband (he was working and still is, my hubby had one arm amputated due to accident) aagh!this really hurt me.
I was ready to give up, attorney told me to file new application,they had already filed an appeal. few moths later Appeals council didn't think it warranted a review and denied again. Lawyer again said file new application, I did. Denied 3 months later. Lawyer appealed all the way to Federal Level. In Nov 2009, Federal remanded saying judge needed to look at it again.
Jan 2010,Recieved ltr from same ALJ, saying new hearing will be soon, four months later, got an OTR (on the record dec, "Fully Favorable" all the way back to July 2006, among other things.ltr stated I needed to take my breaks in my car,would miss 3-5 days of work(25%), etc
Don't give up, do a new RFC form from specialist, explain how your meds affect you,get necessary test to prove.
Please dont give up, I almost did! But I know that I wasn't getting any better.
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