I didn't have any AI diagnosis at all when I got my SSDI, just a bunch of separate problems. I think that if your lawyer is good and knowledgeable, mine knew more about
my medical state than I did and had some medical training/experience, they may be able to help you get what you need from your rheumy when the time comes. My records were all old because I didn't have insurance or money to go anywhere but the ER and they did no diagnosis there, except for my heart. The doctors SS hired were the ones that recommended me, even more so than some of my own. I don't know if they have you scheduled to see any of their doctors, but you might want to make sure that you bring your important labs and stuff to them. What also counted was a note where I was written out of work by a doc I no longer saw. I think what mattered most in my trial was my lawyers were really really good and worked in a big law firm that only did social security and some of the employees there used to work for social security. The firm was run by women and some were disabled. They were really good. All the health problems aside, a vocational expert will be called in to say how many jobs are available with your given limitations (they never say you can't work at all in any capacity, they always say you can in limited capacity) but if there are no jobs where say, you don't have to lift (I'm unable to), don't have this or that limit, then there has to be a certain percentage of jobs in your job market that would employ you given your limits. If not, you get social security. I physically look pretty bad, with pigment problems and all, and between back and liver, and my heart at the time, which I didn't even know about
To be on the safe side, can you shop around on the new rheumy? If you don't like the new one, try another? You wouldn't want to stay with someone that won't give you the treatment you need anyway. I wish you the best in finding a good rheumatologist and trying to get the old one to write you out of work before you leave him. If he does that, it goes a long way to helping you. Take care and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments