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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/18/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Hello Friends, Fams and new Peeps I duno yet! Yes indeedy, I had my SSD hearing yesterday in front of a Jumbo TV set in an Official SS office w/ my nogoodforcrap appointed lawyer (who didn't call me till the day before to go over what to expect!) sitting next to me w/ a file at least 6" thick! The Judge seemed like a nice guy as he chatted w/ my legal shyster dude about all the cases they had scheduled that day together!!
After the court recorder Lady opened and the Judge swore me in they exchanged some legal jargon I didn't really understand, we got underway.
Both the Judge and my Shysteroo asked me questions, mostly about how my health affected my everyday life at first to which I told them that I still do most things like gardening, housework and cooking but that I now had to stop quite frequently because of back, neck and hand pain mostly. They also asked about the different treatments I have tried over the years including> P- theropy, injections, drugs and surgery. I was pretty nervous to say the least w/ so much at stake and the fact that I was sworn in to tell the truth> the whole truth and nothing but the dadgum truth. I mean I couldn't lie about anything which I didn't! I didn't have to because after the Judge heard that I gave up a job I loved making a bunch of $$$ and that my boss didn't want me to leave, it was obvious to him that I had a legit claim and that I was in a lot of pain!!!
So after bringing up only about half of my health problems, the Judge said> "I've heard enough and Mr. Pete's trip's judgement is "Favorable!!!"  
I asked my shyster if that meant I won and he said> "Most definitely!!!"
Then the Judge said I would receive my letter and paperwork in 3~4 weeks. The shysterdude then reminded me of my fee agreement and that I should get my bank account # to their office so that they could dirrect deposit my $$$ instead of sending a check which would take much longer!
So thats kinda what happened, so if any of Y'all have some questions for me about it, please let me know! I know I haven't been around in some time but I just got back from a two week trip taking my Snowgoose Mom up north for the summer and have been crazy busy for the past couple months!!! Also my hands are dead! More than they ever were before and after writing letters to my boys practically daily who are both on deployment in the Navy my hands are pretty much shot!! I will be watching this thread though just incase I can help out a Fam member w/ their SSD Stress!!! I feel your pain and I know how much it sucks waiting!!!
Love All Y'all!!!
Your Buddy>

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   Posted 5/18/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 5/18/2011 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Good morning Pete!
              I'm thrilled at this news! a BIG "Congrat's" to you my firend! wink
    This should take a lot of pressure off of you, and you're wife to say the least!
        Chalk another one up, for one of our members! wink
     Again!.."Congrat's"!!! smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 5/18/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   

What great news to read Pete!! I am so happy you had a great judge who really took time to care about you as a person, not just another court number.

I hope that this win helps you in as many ways as possible - financially, mentally (no more stressing about it!) and physically too. I hope you are able to get some help for your hands....with all the typing you've been doing, they must really be in pain. Have you ever had a paraffin wax treatment on your hands? It might help - you could ask your physiotherapist about it.

Anyways, congratulations on winning and I hope things start turning around for you in a positive way! :-)


edited because I keep forgetting to do spell checks! blush
DX: Fibromyalgia, Severe Myofascial Pain, Osteoarthritis in ALL my joints, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Type 2 Diabetes, Reynauds, Visual Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Hard Start for IV's, Unable to vomit due to surgery.

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramadol, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril

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   Posted 5/18/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Wonderful news Pete!!! So happy for you:)
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ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006

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   Posted 5/18/2011 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete!!

Congrats on the WIN!!! It is great to know that another of our members has won and managed the Social Security Disability ins and outs!

I also won my case on Monday May 9th! I actually had a judge fly to Ohio from California to do in person hearings! I was not sworn in, but I did realize that I had to tell the truth. The judge was the only person that asked me any questions.

In the room was the Judge, the recorder, the Vocational Expert, myself and my lawyer. BTW, my lawyer was part of legal aide of western ohio, so I did not have to pay him a dime! My folder was over 400 pages long and was not on CD, it is all a paper file (which according to my lawyer is unusual for the ssd system).

The judge read my previous decisions in to the record at the beginning of the hearing. Then he started asking me questions. It felt like it took absolutely forever!! BUT, in reality from beginning to the end my hearing lasted an hour. After the judge asked me questions, he asked the vocational expert questions, then he awarded me my full disability. I was shocked!! I never thought I would find out the same day!

I am celebrating with you!
DX pyoderma gangrenosum, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant, Chronic Pain syndrome, Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 3, Major Depressive Disorder, Radiculopathy, Bilateral Hip Pain, Insomnia,Left Groin Hernia, Bulging Disk in Lumbar Spine, Tear in Lumbar Spine, Tendonitis and Bursitis in both hips.

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   Posted 5/18/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya Pete

Just popping in to say Woohoo lovie I am so made up for you, such a weight off your shoulders now. So nice to hear good fantastic news.

Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.

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   Posted 5/18/2011 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Pete. I'm so happy for you. I know it takes away a lot of stress. yeah turn Thanks for sharing your great news. Yahoo!! We have missed your posts, but do realize that you've been busy. Keep us updated as you're able, ok? You take care. I hope you're having a low pain afternoon/evening.

love and lots of soft hugs
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
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 5/18/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news. Glad you finally got what you deserve.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

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   Posted 5/18/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, Pete way to go...I'm so glad it worked out for you....
So whens the next fishing trip? and how soon will your boys be home???
Jazzie is home for the summer from University, we have a short weekend trip to
San Antonio planned for June 10th...anyways will look forward to hearing more from you now...
well wishes...and congrats...
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 5/18/2011 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   
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So happy for ya :) 
Hugs! --Tina

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   Posted 5/19/2011 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeahhhhh Pete!  I'm soooo happy for you!
Please take into account that you will have to pay taxes on the back payment lump sum!  I didn't realize that it was quite so high.  Don't get me wrong....I'm not complaining.....absolutly not!   I just wanted to let you know so that you can get the info to your accountant.  It's worth the time and trouble to do it right.  Also, SS has a place on their site that links you to a voluntary withholding of your tax responsibility.  Thank GOD I shouldn't be so upside down next year, but this was a dooozy!
I'm sooooo happy for you!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, Pre-glaucomic, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet & much more.....

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/21/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks sooooo much for all your chears & support!! Sorry I haven't answered quicker! R-T, yes I know about my tax obligations to Uncle Sam, my older brother warned me long ago. I'm just happy I finally won, just wish I never hired the worthless lawer I did! I'll tell the whole story on that someday but not today!
I have to go out and do chores before it gets too tot!
Love All Y'all!!!!!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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   Posted 5/22/2011 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Pete! I know that you were really hoping that this time would be the charm and it sounds like you had a wonderful judge to hear your case. I'm glad that it worked out in your favor. I hope that you get your payment soon and then can breathe a sigh of relief .
Best of luck to you,
Motorcycle accident 1992, Back problems from 92 to 2005. August 2005- early 2006- Chiropractor care
March 2006- consult with surgeon -PLIF/TLIF L4-5, spondylolysthesis, canal and foraminal stenosis, multiple herniations
Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis

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   Posted 5/23/2011 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Fantastic!! Good things happen to good people after all!

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   Posted 5/28/2011 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats big time Pete , you deserve it for sure ! I hope all is well with your family , its really nice when someone who really deserves good fortune receives it , just great news . Congrats again .
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , Hip replacement has been a total sucess , I feel blessed and thankful and happy most of the time . Everyone in the CP Forum shares in my sucess , thank you all !!

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/28/2011 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mikey!!! Yea>Buddy, You ain't lyin about some of us deservin some help when you really can't work anymore after paying into SS for soooooooo many years! I couldn't believe the Judge, it was like "why are we evan here" This is crazy that you have so many things documented that are wrong w/ you and 5 dr's that say that you can't work anymore! HE DIDN'T EXACTLY SAY THIS BUT IT WAS SO EASY TO SEE WHAT HE WAS THINKING BY THE WAY HE TALKED AND ACTED! Woops, hit the cap locks! Anyway, thanks again Mikey, it means a lot hearing it from an old friend who has been w/ be through the whole battle!
Manhug comin atcha>
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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   Posted 5/28/2011 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Pete....I am hoping that I will have the same great news soon.... Although I only applied in January and have been to "their"doctors already... I remember the good old days....a few months ago..I would go to the mailbox and actually get happy when I saw an envelope from SS Admin. Now I'm lucky if I get anything... My DDS worker just tells me that the Dr. is now looking over my records and the other Dr. findings...and that is the longest part of the process..... Oh WOW!!! I know it hasn't been that long but I am still on pins and needles....waiting....waiting.....waiting....

I also applied for SSI.... any help would be helpful Pete.. LOL


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   Posted 5/28/2011 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats mate

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 5/29/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Rhonda, I wish you luck w/ the whole SSD prosses! I wish I could say you'll get it right away> Some do and I really hope your one of them! As for me, I was low balled by the lawyer I picked who had every intention of leading me on and telling me what I wanted to hear to shut me up knowing all the while that they were not helping me at all till it was time to see the Judge! They didn't want me to win till then so they could build up a bigger cut of my back dated check!
They didn't evan get my pain dr's files on me till the week before my hearing! I thought they had them 2 years ago and was totally shocked when the week before my hearing they told me to call my old pain doc of 8years and give them my credit card # so they would send them my files!!! She (my old pain doc) was my biggest backer of getting SSD and social security didn't see her reports till a couple days before my hearing! It makes me sick that I have to pay these shysters!!! They totally lied to me and screwed me over big time! Oh well> Live and learn! Getting all upset about it now is only going to make me sicker so I should just try to forgetaboutit!!!
Please try to make sure you get all your paperwork to SS so you don't end up waiting 2 years like I did!
When I was young & stupid I broke almost every bone in my body and I'm paying a heavy price now but I'm still here and so glad to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men, both are in the Navy. I'm so proud! My biggest health problem>> I'm a certified Luny~Tune!!

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   Posted 5/29/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Congradulations, Please remember along with SSD, or SSI comes Medicare.  Please get yourself a book from your locat SSS office and start reading, paying close attention to pharmacy benefits.  Good job, and Good luck
Hope you are having low pain, sometimes even if temporary the joy at getting what you deserve makes you feel better, even for a little while.
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 5/29/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
So happy for you Petey. You certainly deserve it that's for sure!! You and Lisa need

to celebrate now!! LOL

Keep on keeping on my friend!!!

Big woman hugz to you. lol

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   Posted 5/29/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow... congrats to you!
Posterior cervical spine surgery... from the report:
C2 to T1 decompression and instrumented fusion. Specifically, laminectomy at C2 to T1 with right foraminotomy C2 to C7 and left C5 to C7 with arthrodeisis C3 to C5 with structural rib allograft and local vertebral autograph, and at C7 with the same structural rib allograft and local vertebral autograft, and Vertex instrumentation C3 to C5

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   Posted 5/30/2011 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on winning your case. I'm a disability attorney with some chronic health issues and just wanted to say that I'm sorry you had a bad experience with your attorney and that we're not all cut from the same cloth! I will say, though, some of the things you are describing are pretty standard in the practice... Best of luck to you.

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   Posted 5/30/2011 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Andrea!

Hey!..."Welcome" to the Chronic Pain forum! I see that you have been spending time on the "Fibro" forum, and wanted to extend you an offer to join us here as well. As a "Disability" attorney, you would be most welcome here, as many of our members have questions about these types of issues.

If I sound kinda of selfish for our members, I am! This issue has been one of the most disheartening actions to go through for many of our members, so if you have any advice to offer, we certainly would appreciate it.

Also please forgive me in that I do realize you are here on the forums for a reason other than listed you are suffering too! Our members offer you warm support, so feel free to visit us anytime!
I think you would be better served and warmly welcomed if you would please start a new topic and tell us a little about yourself. You will receive quite a bit more exposure this way, and we certainly want our members to meet you.

Many of our members suffer from "Fibro" and many other debilitating conditions, but the main thing is that we all suffer pain chronically in some shape of form. This forum, understands what suffering with chronic pain is all about, and the members have a deep understanding what it is like to live with it. I believe, with others, that this is one of the best forum's for chronic pain support, and we are thrilled you have found us, although we are sincerely sorry for the reason as to why.

Feel free to visit anytime, and ask all the questions you wish. While we are not Dr's, we can, and do freely share our personal experiences, and can often point a person in a better direction.

Again welcome!

Take care,

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