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   Posted 11/5/2007 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Im a 41 year old mother of a 9 year old and am finding it increasingly difficult to work with ulcerative colitis. Does anyone know if i could qualify for permanent social security disability?Ive had uc for over twenty years now and this flare has been the worst ever.  Any help would be appreciated.

schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 11/5/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello, I am on SSDI and Medicare primarily due to UC.  It is a discussion you must have with your doctor to see if he/she will attest to the extent of your disabilty.  If your doc agrees then start the paperwork.  The paperwork takes a good day or two to fill out (at least for me it did).  Then after you submit it, it took 8 or 9 months to get an answer.  Berfore they approved me, they sent me to two docs:  1 a MD, and the other a shrink.  Then they approved me.  After that, 2 years from your SSDI approval, you will be eligible for Medicare part A and B and D.  You have to pay for Medicare premiums part A which will come out of your SSDI check automatically.  You must find a insurer who will give you the part B, C Medigap.  This is usually easy to get but pricey if you are not yet 65...for me it is 365 per month.  Then the part D drug benefit runs another 65. on top of that.

There are also law firms who specialize in getting SSDI to approve your claim, but I have been told they are very pricey.

Good luck



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   Posted 11/5/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you considered surgery at all? Bob obviously does very well on SSDI, but my goodness, it is far, far, far from any kind of panacea. And I believe -- correct me if I'm wrong, Bob -- he had other maladies that at least contributed to his obtaining SSDI. It is NOT an easy process and most folks are at least initially turned down.

Your son needs a well mom. I'm not saying that to put any pressure on you, believe me, but perhaps it's time to expand your thought process about options you are willing to consider to make yourself well???? is full of folks who have reclaimed their life after cutting out the war that was happening in their body! My mom is one of them.

Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri

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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
If UC is your only health problem then I agree surgery is a better solution then disability. I had surgery 7 years ago and live a full productive life that includes lots of demanding physical activity as well as working a full time job. It's not perfect but it beats living with non-responsive UC and living on meds.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 11/5/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, I have other health issues that contribute to my disabilty.



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