My Canada Pension Plan Disability benefits have been approved!

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   Posted 5/18/2011 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I received a call from Service Canada to say that my application for permanent disability has been approved. I have now been classified as "permanently disabled" and will be receiving a monthly payment for the rest of my life (disability until age 65, then my regular Old Age Pension kicks in instead).

What I really like is that I am still able to earn $ up to a certain amount without penalty, and if there is ever a time where I want to try going back to work, they don't automatically cancel your disability payment...they leave it in place for a few months, in case things don't work out with any employment. And, if things do work out, I don't have to pay back those few payments.

So, there it is, the diagnosis I've been waiting for - permanently disabled. Even if everything turns out beautifully with my hip replacement, there are too many other health issues happening, to make working possible. It is my sincere hope that I can work hard at rehab after surgery, to the point where maybe I do have the stamina to work - even for just a half day.

At any rate, this part of the battle is done, and I'm grateful it went my way. Now to focus on getting as healthy as possible before surgery (in 6 to 12 months time from now) so I can recuperate faster and get back to life quicker.

I hope everyone is doing as well as possible, and is having as pain free a day as possible.

Gentle hugs,
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 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

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        Congrats Bunky Booh! Again,... we are thrilled for you as well!

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   Posted 5/18/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   

I posted on Pete's thread that I won my US disability case on Monday May 9th. I am celebrating with both of 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 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations to you Bunky. I'm so happy that you got approved for your disability. yeah turn I know it's a lot of stress taken off of you as well. I'm hoping and praying with you that the hip replacement will really help you and that it will be a huge success. You take care. I hope you're having a low pain evening.

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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
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 5/18/2011 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I LOVE good news and this is great!! It sure is nice to see the 'little guy' win when it's more than deserved. Hope things keep going your way!

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   Posted 5/18/2011 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Sooooo happy for you Pam!

Love, Tina
Dx: Disabled due to many, many health/pain issues
Meds: Heart meds, Effexor, various Pain Meds (I've literally been on them all)...and on the list goes; intrathecal pain pump candidate

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   Posted 5/19/2011 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeahhh for you! I'm soooo happy that you have received this great news!

Thank goodness some of us are finally getting the disability services we are due.
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.....

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   Posted 5/19/2011 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone!!! Yes, it's a huge relief to have this done, and to not have to worry about "proving" my health conditions over and over again.

Thanks for all the support and good wishes...and Trudy2, I am delighted that you won your battle as well!! I continue to pray for others on this board who are still waiting for what is rightfully theirs.

big hugs to all, and prayers and good wishes for low pain as well!

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 5/19/2011 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, what a relief for you. I am going before the board in Sept keep your fingers crossed.
Take care

Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol

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   Posted 10/6/2011 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Ms. Bunky! First of all, a huge congratulations to you! You must feel so relieved to just not have to jump through anyone else's hoops any longer. I am thrilled for you and I don't even know you. :)) Me, I am still in the jumping phase. I have Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome and fibro like you, as well as osteo & reynaulds. How freaky is that in similiarty, eh?

I have applied for CPP, but they rejected me twice and I'm now going to have to face a tribunal. I desperately need some help, if you could be of any! You see, I don't have a Rheumatologist and CPP seems to want a "specialist", even though a Rheum. already said, "I don't treat people with fibro and I don't know what CMPS is". lol...Anyway, who or what exactly do you think I should do/see? My tribunal date is going to be sometime in April, so I feel that I should be acting NOW to see as many specialists as I can. *The only problem is that the average wait time to see a specialist is 8 months (which I waited for the other Rheum. who said that and therefore wasted precious time for my case!). I live in a rural area of N.S. and could use anyone's advice on how to deal with this tribunal with very little "evidence" to show. You know that chronic pain is invisible to the onlooker but torturous at times to the one afflicted. I simple don't have "proof". Thanks so much for listening!

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   Posted 10/6/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
PS...I looked at your list again and I also have Type II. :)

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   Posted 10/7/2011 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on the big win! I was just awarded my SSDI last week so I know how your feeling, such a big relief that it is finally over.

DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3 & L-3/4, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica
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