I applied for SSD 2 1/2 years ago. At that time I had been through 6 surgeries and was diagnosed with permanent nerve damage. My surgeon wrote "she is completely disabled" on the SSD form. I was denied because they said I had been treated for all of my issues, and they thought I could work a 30 hour work week doing bookeeping! What a joke. Since then I've had a 2 level lumbar fusion and another cervical fusion. I certainly haven't gotten any better. I finally have my appeal in one week. My lawyer says my medical is really solid, the only thing that could hurt my case is that I don't look "disabled". I have faithfully done my PT excersizes ALL THESE YEARS and I have not given up. To think this could work against me is astounding! Lawyer said he wishes he could put a hunch back on me,grey hair and some pounds.(If only he'd seen me a few months ago! :& ) I am an honest person and I will not ugly myself up or use my cane if I don't need it. If I went in with no makup on it would terrify them all! I haven't used my cane since fusion 1 year ago. I feel very blessed although I still have major problems with my foot. I also just had a cervical fusion 7 weeks ago. That herniation happened just pushing a 1/2 full grocery cart. So are they going to say I've been treated for all my issues again? My surgeon said there is a 100% chance I have 2 more fusions in my future. Could I still be denied with 8 surgeries,permanent nerve damage,and 2 surgeons saying I am disabled? I am 45 will my age hurt me too? Ugh! Sorry so long, any input would be appreciated.