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   Posted 10/20/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
just how difficult is it to get onto disability? what can you expect to recieve? is it a percentage of your past earnings?
with my wife gone and me having the responsibilities of the four kids, I have no idea how I will be able to take care of everything when I get sick again and have on one to help takeover.
I'm just worried.

40, Married?????? w/ 4 kids
Had problems (pain, bleeding, nausea) since age 13.

Dx'd with Crohn's in Spring of 1991.
Broke the L1(mid back) in 1999
went on Remicade in early 2004.
Pain Doc believes the LLQ pain are pinched nerves
spinal cord stimulator implanted july 3, 17, Aug 27

Post Edited (JohnD) : 10/20/2008 9:08:55 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi John

Im not on disability but I do know that it is a very long process, you will more than likely get denied the first time, but keep up with it and apply again.  Good luck with everything, I hope it all works out for the best.

Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 50mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium, B12 injections.

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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it can be a long process. There are very strict guidelines. You should receive monies for each child plus your monies. I would recommend hiring a lawyer from the start or going to a county hospital if you truely believe you will not be able to work anymore. I know that my county hospital has a direct line to SS and they are great at getting patients their benefits.

Good luck and I hope it never comes to you need to apply.
Red (Lee Ann)
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I also think you have to be out of work for 6 months before you apply but I could be wrong. I don't think you can apply while you are still working. So while you can work, try to save enough to live off of for 6 months. (I know, its impossible.) Also, what about your "wife" (I don't want to call her your ex yet)... is she paying spousal support? Do you have a lawyer?
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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