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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 4/12/2011 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I am new to this forum.  I was diagnosed with Intercostal Neuralgia 25 years ago.  Hemochromatosis and Arthritis in 2011.
My pain with Intercostal Neuralgia was enough to bare on a daily basis now both of these new presents I received in 2011
have added to my joint pain.  I am 58 yrs old have had surgery,pain clinics, acupuncture for Intercostal Neuraglia and have worked all of my life, for 10 years I worked two jobs.  It has come to the point that i am unable to work.  My question is,  has anyone who is suffering from Intercostal Neuralgia applied for and been accepted on Social Security Disability. I do not want to waste my time applYing if I am going to get denied.
Thank you 

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Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 816
   Posted 4/12/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i can tell you my experience i dont have the condition you have but after trying twice to get ssi, i found a lawyer in the back of a magazine. he was the best thing that ever happened to me.  the deal here is you contact a lawyer who only does disability cases and after they read and go over your records the lawyer will tell you whether or not they will take the case.  in my experience disability lawyers at least in maryland and the district of columbia the lawyer will only take the case if they can win it. you pay no money to the lawyer, and thats why if they can win they will take the case, if not they wont and you wont be out any money. as i said thats how my disability and all the disability lawyers at least in Md and DC work.  by the time my case was won and it only took less than 3 months after he first met with me and took my case. anyway by the time we won, he had taken care of everything, i was set up with medicare, and received a lump sum of money because they were made to go back to the first time i applied, at that time i still have a minor child, who also received a check, first the lump sum and then once a month mine and hers were direct deposited into a credit union i had accounts with. this lawyer also sent me an extra check that he said he had been overpaid by social security. i will never this man, in my darkest time he was the shining light that made sure at least i could pay rent and buy food for my children.  even now 11 years after i have never forgotten his name and what he did for myself and family. good luck with getting what you deserve, i hope you find someone as caring as this lawyer.  hoping you are having a low pain day and night. and glad you found wonderful forum full of great people who really listen and help, finding this forum rates right up there as another great thing that has happened to me. glad you are on board, i know i am.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 4/13/2011 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stan and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but very sorry that you have to be here. At least by coming here you know that you are not alone suffering with pain. Every person here suffers with some type of pain. We certainly understand when you say you are having a rough go of things too.

I am familiar with Hemochromatosis, my daughter was officially diagnosed in her early 20's and blew it off because she was young and felt like she knew more than any dr. Finally, after getting a little older and she found a very good PCP that she likes & trusts and she has been getting active care for the past 10 years. She is under the care of a gi dr that has been wonderful with her. But, like you she developed arthritis at a very young because of the disease, she is now diabetic and has some liver involvement going on. She goes every other month and has a unit of blood taken out to help get her iron count down.

You asked about SSD for your other condition and I would like to suggest that you go to Social Security's website and look at their section that has every condition listed that they recongnize within their guidelines for disability. It is very important that your drs are behind you 100% that you are disabled from working. Generally speaking it is a long process in getting approved for SSD in some cases. I applied and did not hire an atty and I was awarded benefits without any problem. Most attys do not want to get involved until the person has been denied on the initial request. Quite honestly, I think they turn people down so much in hopes that person will not pursue it and forget about it. You would be amazed at the amount of people that do exactly that too. What dr is currently treating you now and has he/she recommended that you retire from work? If your dr says no work and considering your age I think you should have a very good chance at getting approved. You are going to have to do something since you are not working and will need some sort of an income. I was 49 years old when I became disabled, the way I see it is, I have worked since I was a kid paying into it, and I had not planned on any of this happening, so what if I needed that money early. That was all out of my control becoming disabled. SSD does have a very user friendly website that is very informative so please go there and do some checking on things.

Again, welcome aboard and keep us posted on how you are coming along.
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