Disablilty and Medical Records....

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   Posted 3/12/2011 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello HW Family.... As most of you know I have filed for Disability and SSI....Got all of my paperwork in and they say they got all of my medical records...I don't really think so because they say that my medical has some Holes in it and I have to see another Dr. I got a copy of my medical records from my PM Dr. and they are over 200 pages long....going back to 2004...and that's all that was on the computer, they have to mail some that go back even earlier...that are in boxes....so as far as I can tell the records are very complete and accurate. Maybe I'm just stupid about these things, but my DD (disability determination case worker) said that since I haven't worked since 2003 they have to prove that I was disabled since then....that's why I have to go see 2 Dr.'s One for my back, and one for Bipolar...I know that this will be a long process.....and I have tried not to get to worked up...but it's hard...I have NO INCOME....and getting this will make such a big difference in my life....I just wish they understood this. I don't WANT Disability....Nobody WANTS it. But I can't survive without it. All the Lawyers I talked to wouldn't take my case until I was DENIED...So, I have to wait and see...

I don't think they got the same records I did because mine are very long... Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there....


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   Posted 3/12/2011 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda. I wish you so much luck in getting disability. It sounds like you have quite a bit of medical records. That should be a positive. I know it's so hard waiting and waiting to hear if you've been appoved or not. Just go into those doctors and tell the truth and that should be able to help you too. I know it's hard. We were in the same situation before I got my SSI. My husband didn't have a job at the time and we were scraping and everything trying to make it without any income. Bless your heart. I will be praying that you get approved. It does take a while, but it's so worth it. *hugs*

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Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees

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   Posted 3/12/2011 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi you are right nobody wants to be on SSD but when you can't work because of medical problems what else can you do???, You have to be able to live and survive.  The process can be very very discouraging but please do not give in and give up! When you have problems and get frustrated  you know well that we are all here for you! I had a law firm hired by my disability insurance company and they specialized in SSD applications and it still took forever to get it approved! I was rejected and had to go before a judge twice before it was finally approved, and like my lawyer said it was my age and my job experience ( from my military days) that was working against me. He told me my medical case was outstanding, and I just  needed just to be patient and persevere and I did and it was finally approved. So at the risk of sounding trite,  please just hang in there, and  you to will persevere and get it!
I wish  you well! Good Luck to YOU
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

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   Posted 3/13/2011 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda, I wouldn't worry about being sent to the two drs, SSD does this all of the time. I always look at it as being a positive thing because they have at least really looked at your records and not just skimmed over them. Any time there is a question in the medical records or if they are not clear and there is some question they do this. Did you have medical care back in 2003, or did your medical care not start until 2004?

I know its hard with all of the waiting but just hang in there.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/13/2011 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
    Hello Rhonda!
        I will always cheer for anyone going for the SSD, but just remember it can take more than one try.
           Yes, it may take a Lawyer in the end to get it, but it will be worth it in the long run.
      We will keep our fingers crossed for you! smilewinkgrin
          Take care,
     SE wink

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   Posted 3/13/2011 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks 9yrschronicpain,White Beard,straydog,and Screaming Eagle.... My medical records only went back that far on the computer...the rest have to be mailed to me.... Actually my condition goes back to at least 1999 and that's when I had my 1st back surgery... These records are only for my PM Dr.'s....I also have Orthos...Neurosurgeons, and PCP's.... I was reading them last night and it made me relive everything again...it was not a good read... LOL So....I wait. Then, if I need a lawyer, I'll find one. What else can I do?
Thanks for the support, it really makes it easier to go through this...

Spinal Stenosis, DDD, DJD, HBP, Type 2 Diabetes

Methadone 120 mg. X daily
Oxycodone 30 mg. 5 X daily
Lisinopril HCTZ 10/12.5 2 X daily
Novolin 70/30 insulin 75 units 3Xdaily
Novolin R insulin 1Xdaily
Novolin R 0-50-0-0

That's all....but OMG!! isn't that enough?

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   Posted 3/13/2011 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Took me 18 months to finally get approved. Was decined 3 times and approved the 4th time. My bipoar is the deciding factor for me. Got the lawyer in the end and cost me in backpay, but I think it was worth it.
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