Kaely hopefully if you get your SDD approved they will back date it, to when you first became disabled. If it is two years or more you will get Medicare right away along with your SSD. I know that is what happened with me, so when I started receiving SSD I also had Medicare part A and B. I am sorry for what you are going through, and I am sorry that we can not to more to help you! But do know we are all here for you to give you our support, and our ears to listen. I wish you well.
grainodsalt, what you wrote about the VA is so typical, it is just like the military! When I was stationed in Alaska, an Army Orthopedic surgeon, also told me it was all in my head, and I was malingering, and they sent me to a shrink! I went to their shrink and after lots of testing and interviews, they determined it was not in my head but in my back! After months of excruciating pain, and pounding my fist on the desk of a Neurologist ( who was a Air Force Major) they finally did a myelogram and MRI and found the problem and I had the surgery and got it fixed! I am retired now, I have VA disability but I still avoid using the VA as much as I can because of the experiences I have had with them.
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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!