After I first applied nothing happened. I mean utter silence, but then I'd had been informed by someone I knew who worked at the local Welfare Office that SS was so back logged, and as I recall from the paperwork that it said it can take up to 3-6 months before I'd get a reply. Everyone told me it'd be practically right up till the last day before I'd get anything back from them, and more then likely it'd be a denial. You figure start of November 2009 to start of February 2010. I never had to see any of their doctors. Not sure if it had something to do with any of the ones I'd already seen, if the fact that my disability started due to a work-related injury, or what; it's not like they ever told me. All I know is I went to do my online book keeping and that's when I saw the big deposite into my bank account; all my back pay. I actually got it before I got my official letter. They put a cap on how much backpay you can get (I think the max is now like two years), and of course the only burn about the whole situtation was even though everything was back dated I still went 10 months without insurance before my disability insurance kicked in. Most of that had to do though with the fact that I'm single, and in Nevada due to what I was getting paid for my SSD I "made" to much income to qualify for State Medicaid. It was a rough 10 months I'll tell you.
Is there any way to prove your disability is the cause of being out of work for so long? I wonder if the fact that if it is, they're probably wondering why you waited so long to apply. For me I couldn't apply till I had a diagnosis because up to that point no one could tell me what was wrong; I just knew I was in horrible pain, but every test they subjected me to kept coming back normal or inconclusive. Did you ever get to see exactly what your doctor put down on your paperwork? I know I saw what mine had written, and it was pretty black and white -- I was never going to be able to return to work again.
To back that up everything I went to school for was hand intensive. At the age of 18 I was a certified massage therapist, and actually worked for a time in Napa, California. By 31 I had gone to school to become a certified gaming dealer (I do live near Las Vegas), and the job I did when I became injured was building Slot Machines. When I was injured I was only 34. So age has nothing to do with it.By the time I applied for SSD I had seen an ER doctor, a PA, a hand specialist, a pain specialist, an orthopedist, a neurologist, a chiropractor, and then finally a pain management specialist. I had x-rays, MRI's, and piles upon piles of documents from visits, treatments, physical therapy (on two different ocassions), and injections.
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Neurologist, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled, on Percoset.
February 2011 successful SCSU trial
No surgeon willing to do my SCSU Implant