SSDI Denial..again...

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   Posted 12/23/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
hello all,
Haven't posted in a while as I have had more setbacks and stress than i care to get into to. I did have a question though, I was denied SSDI benefits again, round two, but they admitted on my denial sheet that due to my condition I am unable to resume my prior two professions but they believe i could still do light un-skilled work. what is that? I have days I can't see very well due to medicine side effects, days I can't get out of the bathroom, side effects... So I want to know if I am too disabled to do what I did prior, what am I too do? I know I can appeal this and go before an AL judge, Im just scared of the outcome , even though as all of my docs agree I can't work for numerous reasons. On a positive note I was accepted into purdue pharmaceuticals patient assistance program, which allows me to get my Oxycontin ER for free! this saves me almost $400 a month so quite a nice xmas gift! Happy holidays to you all and may it be pain free!!
intercostal neuralgia, degenerative disc disease,ulcerative colitis, atherosclerosis, depression, & anxiety
meds: gabapentin, oxycodone 30 mg, lipitor, xanax, effient, celexa, bentyl, simvastatin
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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/23/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you feel..dont be afraid of SSDI..if your Doc's say you are unable to work - thats 3/4 of the battle won. Problem is, after doing some heavy research on this subject... a doctor not specializing in the field of your illness is looking at your medical records. When you get a minute, read these 2 stories. Google: Disability Benefits Battle Probed by I-Team and the other is: Social Security Disability Benefits Delayed I-Team. Both are great stories why you shouldn't give up.... I hope both stories help and remember...Don't give up!!!
Happy holidays!!!

Betsey Ross
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 12/23/2011 3:47 PM (GMT -6) you have a lawyer that specialized in ssd and workmans comp? That really helps. i have a lawyer and I got approved in round one.

Dont give up and get a lawyer that will fight for you.

have a low pain christmas holiday.

crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 12/24/2011 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you got another denial. I know how you feel. After 2 years and going in front of an ALJ I finally received my SSDI but going in front of the judge was nerve racking, there was so much at stake in that 20-30 minutes they give you to state your case. At this point, if you haven't already, get a lawyer because you will need one at the hearing.

I know that your physical limitations are severe but now you have to prove it to social security. During the trial the judge will ask questions about what your limitations are, how the pain affects your ability to do things, how often or how long you need to rest during the day. When answering his questions you need to be specific. I told the judge that I was still able to complete my personal care and take care of my home but that I had to pace myself and limit the amount I could do at one time. Such as I can't vacuum the whole house in one day, I will vacuum one room then a couple of days later do another room, if I do more my right shoulder will hurt the next day making it difficult to complete my personal care. I can do laundry but only one load per day due to the fact that bending into the dryer causes pain in my lower back and folding the clothes will cause spasms in my shoulder & neck area. See what I mean by specific.

Make sure you tell the judge how often you rest during the day and where (on the bed or recliner), also if you use heat or cold during these rest periods to alleviate your pain.

I could write a book here. There are actually alot of good videos on youtube that will give you an idea of what to expect at your hearing. Also, a good website for information is Don't get to upset over the letter. On both of my denials social security stated that they realized that I had severe back issues but that I could do blah, blah, blah. Ya, whatever!

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 12/24/2011 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dude, so sorry to hear that you received another denial but this is typical and do not take it personal. It is just part of the process when dealing with SSD. If I remember correctly don't you already have an atty lined up to handle your claim? If you have an atty please let his office know the date of your denial letter so they can get with the program to move forward. If you don't have an atty find one local if you can that is board certified in SSD. If you cannot find one board certified, then look for one that handles pretty much nothing but SSD claims only. Stay away from the ones that do a little of this and a little of that, you want someone that knows the ins & outs of the system & how it works. I would also stay away from the ones that advertise on tv about how wonderful they are. Thats a numbers racket, they have so many clients they have no clue who their clients are and what their cases are about, thats a very bad scene to get into.

Alot of folks are not aware the SSD uses a computer software program that picks up on descriptive words, words that stand out. Jag is correct when she said to be specific & descriptive when listing what your daily activities consist of and what you can or cannot do. Have you had a functional capacity evaluation done by any of your drs? This is testing done that usually takes a full day to complete but they will break it down into two days to complete it. This show what you really can or cannot do and very useful in proving up your physical condition. When dealing with SSD you must put all of your cards on the table and do not be embarrassed about any of your limitations now is not the time for that. Alot of times people do not want people to know a lot of personal information about their abilities, you must put that aside and list it all.

Please don't be a stranger, keep us posted on how you are doing. Take care.
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