Woo Hoo, got my SSDI

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   Posted 9/30/2011 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my hearing in front of the ALJ Sept. 21st and have been a nervous wreck since then waiting for an answer.  Well, I got it today and it was fully favorable with my onset date being June 12, 2009.  I never thought I would get the decision so fast.  This is such a relief after two years of denials and doctors appointments.  Guess now I can join Pete!!! 
For anyone else out there that is going through the SSDI process, I say, keep fighting and keep getting documentation cause your gonna need it.

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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   Posted 9/30/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
       Wel!....Long Time No See! smilewinkgrin   Welcome back Jag! wink
             A BIG CONGRAT'S to you too! turn yeah   turn   yeah turn I'm happy for anyone who gets this, and especially one of our memebers!
        It's great to see you again!
       Wonderful! Wonderful!
         SE wink
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   Posted 9/30/2011 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
and a big WOOHOO...way to go, I'm so glad for you...
many well wishes for a low pain day soon...
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   Posted 9/30/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
WOO HOO, YEE HAA!!!!!!! turn turn turn turn turn   Please know the all caps are not yelling at you, they are CONGRADULATING You.
That is wonderful news, I remember how happy I was 12 years ago, excellent!!!!!
I am very happy for you, good luck
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 9/30/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
WoooHoooo!!!! Congratulations Jag. I'm so happy for you. Also, welcome back. Long time, no see. I hope you're having low pain days.

love and 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 9/30/2011 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   

So glad to read your post; you've been missed....but especially glad to hear your wonderful news. I know how long you've waited for this moment - and it's so great that it's finally here!!!! So, so happy for you smilewinkgrin


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   Posted 9/30/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Jag that is really terrific news! I really am happy for you! It just shows that preserverance  will win out in the end, especially when your trying to get SSD! It also took me a very long time to get mine, and it was also back dated.  Anyway I am very  very happy for you Jag, and it is really nice to see you posting again, it has been a long time since I have seen a post by you! Welcome Back!
Chreers to Jag!!!! turn
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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 10/1/2011 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats, Jag! It is a HUGE battle, but when it is won, what a sweet victory it is!
I am unable to come up with a clever signature. I don't even really have a true diagnosis. I am on percocet and robaxin for chronic hand pain. So, in lieu of a dx and all, I'll just say that I am the daughter of an awesome and mighty KING, THE King of Kings and it is only through Him that I am allowed to live each day.

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 10/1/2011 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Jag Im doing the happy dance in my head!!! I got mine 3 months after I applied. It was a great feeling


crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 10/1/2011 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh thats GREAT news Jag!!! Yip-eeeee!!! It's sure been a long haul but I know exactly how you feel now!!!
Hugs from Your SSD Buddy,

Retired Mom
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   Posted 10/1/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I am soooo happy for you!

I'm glad I popped in tonight to check on you guys!

This is wonderful news!!!!
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 10/1/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Woo hoo! Big congrats to you Jag! That is so wonderful to hear. I just started my SSDI journey again (got denied last time and was so depressed I didn't appeal) So I know I am in it for the long haul.

Once again congratulations, you deserved this!
Gentle Hugs,

Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraines, Undetermined Auto-Immune Dysfunction (probable MCTD, sero-negative RA and ?), Trigger finger, Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety

Oxycontin, Percocet, Lopressor, Lexapro, Celebrex, Omeprazole, Promethazine as needed for nausea, Ventolin inhaler and Vitamin D3

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   Posted 10/2/2011 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the congrats everyone.  I had heard how hard it is to get SSDI when I first started but now that I've lived it the whole process stinks.  The system is broken and the ones that it effects are in situations that the last thing they need is added stress.  Oh, well, like everything else in our government, there's not much we can do about it.

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   Posted 10/2/2011 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news! I too am going thru the ridiculous process, have been denied and am waiting for my appeal, started about 6 months ago, luckily I have been able to get unemployment from my last job otherwise my family would probably be homeless, Great to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
intercostal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease, atherosclerosis, depression, & anxiety
meds: gabapentin, oxycodone 30 mg, lipitor, xanax, effient, cymbalta, carbamazepine

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   Posted 10/3/2011 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Badheart, I don't want to give you bad news but social security may consider you able to work if you are drawing unemployment benefits while filing for disability.  If you are drawing unemployment you are considered able to work in social securities eyes.  You cannot work while filing for SS.  Might want to check into this to make sure.  Believe me the last two years have been a real struggle financially for my family.

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   Posted 10/3/2011 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Badheartdude I am in Canada and our rules are a bit different but I was on unemployment benefits as well they ran out in November and the following March is when the pain was so bad I had to see Dr. The lawyer I saw said that every week I signed document stating I was ready able and willing to work for my unemployment benefits and because I did not go to work between Nov and Mar because I went to Dr in Nov to make sure I was ready to work because when I work I am a workoholic and would not be taking any time off.

He changed my medication and there is no way I could have worked between Nov and March and here I am years later still unable to work. I'm just sharing this info because the lawyer said if I get approved for disability that unemployment could sue me for the benefits they paid me because in the lawyers opinion I was not ready, and able to go to work. (I did not hire that lawyer because as you can tell he was a butt head).

bsjaguar gave you some great advise check this out to save yourself some grief.

Congratulations on your approval, its nice to know people do get approvals.
Take care

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

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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 10/3/2011 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on getting your SSDI!!!!! NOW - hopefully you will also be getting medicare and even more importantly medicare Part D to help pay for the medications. They are so much cheaper on Medicare Part D if you just search around!

Good luck!!!! Great to hear your good news!
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, hypoxia due to sleep apnea and new problems with my lungs. Have had 2 abnormal CT scans.

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   Posted 10/3/2011 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
good going, jag.

i had to fight mine for nearly 3 years, got approved just this june, and they back paid me till august of 2008. took a good lawyer and help from my U.S. Senator, but it finally happened.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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