Hello everyone, i am a 44 yr. old female and this is my story. Please bare with me as it is kind of long. I just want to fill you in with as much info. as i can to get the best feed back as far as help and advise.
When i was 10 yrs. old i dove off a pier/dock into water that was too shallow and felt all of my body weight come down on my neck. It was a miracle that i wasn't paralized. Believe it or not, shortly after i was running and playing as if it never happened. Over the rest of my life i've had muscle spasams in the area between my neck and shoulder. They were always so infrequent that i never checked into it.
3 yrs. ago i was at the county fair and did alot of walking and that night woke up with horrible pain in my groin area. This pain was so bad that i couldn't walk (put pressure on that leg)for 5 days. I didn't have insurance of any kind and was in no position financially to be able to afford to pay medical bills. Was told by differnt people that i'd never qualify for medicaid for differnt reasons. So needless to say i didn't get medical treatment for the problem. From then until now i've had problems walking. Still have pain, don't have a full gait, can't walk any distance, have a limp, can't sit or stand for any length of time.
Flash forward to April of this yr. I had sudden pain and pressure in the top of my shoulders, as if someone had a hand on either side and was pressing down with all their weight. I also had a tingly pain and numbness in both arms from my elbows to and including my fingers. Well, i thought i was having a heart attack. I was taken by ambulance to the the E.R. It wasn't a heart attack. I was diagnosed as having cervical degenerative disc disease. It's between c5&c6 also between c6&c7. Since that time i've continued to get the numbness in my arms and fingers. It can last any where from a few seconds to an hr. Because i ended up in the E.R with no insurance they put in an application for medicaid for me and i got it in June. Thank God!
Well as soon as i could i made an appointment with a doctor to find out what was causing the problems with my groin area and not being able to walk correctly. They found that i have a fractured hip (femoral neck fracture.). I've been walking around (or trying to, to the best of my ability) for the last 3 yrs. with a fractured hip! I was sent to a orthopedist and he is sending me for a ct scan to evaluate the age of the fracture. I guess they don't believe that it happened 3 yrs. ago. He also told me that it looks as if it might be healed, but because i didn't get it looked at right away and have continued to walk on it not having full range of motion, it has caused arthritis to set in. I have arthritis in the other hip as well, though apparently unrelated. He said depending as to what the ct scan shows, i may or may not be able to have surgery (putting in pins). Also because of the arthritis there, even with surgery the way i'm able to walk won't change.
I also found out from my DR. that i have osteopenia which is what caused me to have the hip fracture from just walking.
Sooooooo... I have CDD, arthritis in both hips, a femoral neck fracture and osteopenia. I have been a home maker for yrs. and when i did work my jobs were housekeeping and landscaper. Obviously i can no longer do either one of those jobs. I just need to know if i have a good chance of getting SSI? Also what are the steps i should be taking to apply for it? I want to make sure that i do everything correctly so that i have a better chance of winning my case. Any help/ advise would be much appreciated.