Hi all! I haven't posted on the forums before, although I do visit chat now and then. I applied for SSD on October 21 and was approved yeaterday, so it took just about 4 months. The social security lady who went over my application changed my diabled date back to Oct 31, 2006 because thats the last day I worked, but there is really no medical evidence until last summer so they are giving me a disabled date of July, 2009 and that only gives me a couple months of back pay after you deduct the 5 months. She said I could appeal their decision, but I think it's fair since there was NO medical evidence until last summer. She also said that when I turn 65 (I am 59 now) it will revert to regular SS retirement, but the amount will not go down with that change. And Medicare will start 24 months after my disabled date, so July, 2011.
My medical conditions are stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolythesis (sp?) as well as COPD and thoracis compression fractures at T11-T12. SS sent me to a doc for a breathing test because I hadn't had one done in several years. All I did was apply online, talk to a person on the phone re my application and then I went tto the doc for the breathing test. I was just honest
about all the things I cannot do in my life anymore and about my pain. I was afraid I would be denied because I have not consented to a posterior spinal fusion and/or because I do not take any narcotics for my pain. At least, I seldom do. I had the back problems for 10 years and have always managed my pain with modifications of my activities and Motrin 600. With Motrin my pain level was usually about a 4 on any given day, but I just lived with it. My dad and grandmother had back problems so I chalked it up to heredity. Wasn't till last summer that I found out my spine was a train wreck, lol!
I have visited the chat room and I read the forum daily and YOU all have given me so much hope with your encouraging words to each other and with telling of your own experiences. I just felt I had to share my good news. I have known a few people who abused the system, being diabled when "need be" and totally ABLE when noone was looking. I have also known a few people who I know will never be able to work again because of their physical condition and who were denied.
When I applied in October I felt like I was going to apply, be honest and let the chips fall where they lay. So, to anyone out there who is thinking of applying or is waiting for approval - don;t give up!
And Ron, Jeauxbert, Gwennie, chat friends, ALL of you - thank you so much for just BEING HERE:)