I am a 60 yr old female. I am currently working full time but cannot continue like this. I miss a lot of work because, frankly, there are days I cannot make myself get out of bed. Thus I am far behind at work which causes additional stress and anxiety which I cannot handle. I can't handle the stress of the traffic or any type of 'rushing'.
I don't think you need too many details in order to advise but:
My spine has collapsed, yet the Dr I saw in 2011 stated I did not need disability. It continues to decline and I'm becoming deformed. Last xrays showed 30 degree curve coming out of neck, then 75 degree thoracic curve, follwed by rotoscoliosis (spine is twisted) and 82 degree lumbar curve. I don't know how to post the photo of xray or I would. Those who have seen it have said they would think it would be easy to qualify, it looks so grotesque. The pain in increasing and is extreme.
Lyme and whatever else all infections I have -- I am chronically ill and fatigue is hardly bearable -- has interfered w/ a 'normal' life or any activity outside of work. Total body pain and inflammation about 75% of the time.
In treatment for depression/anxiety (all that these things cause) for over 10 yrs, unrelenting.
When you apply for DA, do you just stop working and apply? Does anyone know about how DA insurance works? I have that thru work. I do not understand all the language in my policy. Do I just go to my HR and say I cannot work any longer and get his help applying?
I will see new spine Dr April 18 simply for an evaluation, as 3 past Drs have said there is nothing they can do. Do I need his eval before applying/ stopping work or will I just need it to submit when requested?
Anyone, please advise, as I am preparing to stop working and move to NC to be w/ my elderly father so he won't be alone and he and family will also help me.
Is there any way to upload a photo or must it be from online?