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SSDI approved

bergbberg Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Good News
After almost two years of waiting I finally received my SSDI approval letter...Yay.


  • Did u have a lawyer or did u go at them urself? I got mine approved after fight for 5 yrs. I got a good back pay check to say the least and they took medicare back to the earliest date they could.
    Congrats and welcome to the SSDI/Medicare world. LOL
  • I started out on my own until I was denied then I in-listed the help of an attorney.

    I had my appeal hearing one month after my revision surgery,that was tough to endure but I wasn't about to delay the hearing.
  • I am sure that you must feel so very relieved to have this settled.
    I was very fortunate and was also awarded my ssdi. I did have assistance, but not an attorney. I had a private company helping me. It did make things so much easier and very quick.

    take care of yourself!
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,368
    When getting your Medicare .... are most of you having to purchase a supplement (medigap coverage) or is the disabled status leading to medicaid as a secondary??

    Oh please do tell!!

    Thanks in advance,

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  • wonderful news on your successful ssdi. (I assume that is the disability pension in the US?)
    I just won my appeal for the Canada Disability Pension yesterday! four years of the lovely waddling through mountains of paperwork and dr. appts.. :)
    It sure does take a heavy weight off eh?
    Cheers to more people winning their benefits!!
  • wonderful news on your successful ssdi. (I assume that is the disability pension in the US?)
    I just won my appeal for the Canada Disability Pension yesterday! four years of the lovely waddling through mountains of paperwork and dr. appts.. :)
    It sure does take a heavy weight off eh?
    Cheers to more people winning their benefits!!
  • Dave I'm brand new to this kind of stuff,I'm in a learn as you go mode right now sorry I can't help you.Perhaps one of the Mods might be able to shed some light on your question
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,368
    I might start another thread with the ??? Hard to beleive that no one has delt with this (yet) with the number of people on SSD Medicare.

    I have talked with a couplr of insurance broker that ALL will be happy to take what little $ I have towards a Medigap Policy.

    Here in Illinois I have to go to the D.H.S. office and speak to a caseworker. Tried that last week and the line was 50 - 60 people long ... I can't stand that long. It alos looked like the United Nations, as there were "beneficeries" represented and getting benefits from what looked like EVERYONE from EVERYWHERE in the world.

    Little hope for a english speaking white guy Eh??!!


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  • I just got a letter that says fully favorable. I just applied in Feb 2012 and was denied 2 times. got a lawyer and they sent in all my records with the appeal. Come to find out that no one sent for any records from my orthopedic dr or the spinal specialist, only my family dr. Dont take it for granted that they will send for records, you have to do their work for them. So now im just waiting 30-90 days to receive a letter saying how much i'll get each month and my back pay.
    Thank you GOD!, all my friends say they dont know of anyone who got approved this fast.
  • I've had 3 disc fusions in 2007, still suffering from severe pain feels like electric shocks that run from my back down to my legs very, very horrible feeling to the point that I thank God I don't have a gun. I can't sit, stand or walk for long periods of times, I get very frustrated and can't concentrate. I finally applied for Social Security in April 2013 and just this past week I went to Disability Doctor who took out 3 papers that had my MRI's from 2011 he didn't even have a clue I had 3 disc replacements; I explained my symptoms and he said "you may never get better and have you tried using Medical Marijuana as your last option?" And continued on saying I can try that or be on stronger narcotics that are just going to make me loose touch with my daily living. I was so dissapointed because in tears I told him I want a cure for my condition, its very disturbing that somedays I cant get out of bed, mornings are the hardest for me, I'm sorry my question is what is you guys opinion to this? And is anyone of you experiencing the same symptoms after disc replacements? I just had so many tests done and MRIs done and they come back normal and how is that possible when I feel horrible.
  • stenosisRosesstenosisRose Posts: 489
    edited 10/25/2013 - 12:52 PM
    Congrstulations on receiving your FAVORABLE SSDI letter
    Wait till you get the retroctive check!!!!
    You will be very pleasantly surprised, going on a cruise?

    Most get turned down THREE TIMES, then a court date and a few adjournments before actual court date
    Everyone should get a disability lawyer to represent them, the govt. Gives the lawyers a set fee, its not much and

    i helped someone in NJ with this subject... NJ person.please let me know how it went....

  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 512
    edited 10/25/2013 - 3:25 PM
    Congrats! I applied for SSDI in July of 2012 and received my back pay in January of this year. I got all my back pay and my first couple of months of payments before I ever got an award letter.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • Glad to read some here have been approved. I know it's a godsend and a last resort to so many of us!

    FWIW, spending a back pay check on a (cruise) luxury item would be foolish imho. Transportation, a decent bed, emergencies, etc are what the back pay checks ought to be used for, unless perhaps one has a well paid, working spouse or supportive family, then I guess blowing your back pay check (foolishly) on whatever you want is your choice. *shakes head* :(

    I don't know the TOS well enough to post the long list of extremely helpful links I found on another health site, but if anyone is suffering badly from back pain (I know, I am there too!) and wants to know some of the incredible in and outs I've discovered (in just one of the links) of applying for SSD (in USA) please private message me, I'll do my best to send you that very good link. It reveals what the doctors and lawyers do (or don't do!!) behind the scenes and how the government views and makes decisions about your case (some of it quite eye opening!) i.e. some doctors won't fill out a form unless you PAY them extra $! Your "wonder worker" lawyer asks them and doesn't tell you, because in their eyes you're just a nobody (unless you get the secrets!) etc etc...it's maddening to me...truly, utterly maddening!

    If I do apply then I am going to apply with the help of a lawyer from day one (not easy to find one on contingency/commision % based pay but it can be done) it is considered best by most to get professional from the start because sometimes you can simply make your case worse if you do it yourself! Even with the help of a lawyer I've been told to expect to lose the first time around, then more than likely win in the appeals in the second round. The max my lawyer can take from the back pay is $6k.

    Good luck to us all, for the SSD payments are usually pathetic and could hardly support a dog, let alone a human being.
    I'm actually considering NOT applying and would much rather find some sort of chronic pain relief good enough to go back to work.

    Sorry to sound grouchy, but as I'm sure most know, chronic, long term pain has a way of doing that!
    Severe chronic scoliosis in low back and Type 2 diabetes.

    I'm moving from Northern California to Southern California and concerned about changing from my current PCP/PM clinic to a new PCP/PM clinic. Need helpful advice!

  • deadbolt2008ddeadbolt2008 Posts: 1
    edited 12/10/2013 - 10:01 AM
    I am a 62 year old guy who grew up living on the streets my parents were the greatest i on the other hand well lets just say
    no prize.
    i had a family so i thought i was in several motorcycle gangs and i had no honor to speak of but the one thing that can melt your heart i had a daughter,i made a quick change sold the bike and got a job.
    I was building log homes bought my own needed some work be fore i could get the loan i had to repair the roof this house had a slate roof and lost footing and went down off one roof and on to the other i landed on my back on to the peak of the other then 30 ft to a drive way i got up and walked away,the next morning i could not walk had 3 mileagrams 2 back surg,
    i also did everything my doctor told me not to. this was in 91 i was on all kinds of crap i was given 30 mgs of oxy contin
    3 times a day plus 3 soma and 2 kinds of morphine this was 3 times every day for over 2 years.
    i used to fall a sleep standing,like i said my mom & dad were great and they both sat with me and they said please get away from this stuff we love you and don't want to lose you,that night i took all my meds and flushed them i went 5 days without any if anybody ever went through the effect of not having them the you know what i am talking about
    if i can help just 1 person by telling you this then i am happy if you get the urge don't your family will pay the price.
    i am now on very little meds i stopped going to mental doctors use to use it by saying the pain was in my head
    by no means am i even suggesting this for any body. i spent 2 years in a wheel chair that is not something i ever want to do
    i tried to take my own life several times, if you have to fight it is better it keeps you sane
    i didn't want to be so long winded but it is hard to make anything worth wild if the key parts are left out
    again i hope this can help.
    and thanks this is helping me also.and don't think you have your handle on this you don't pain medication will have that effect
    you can write me if you need anything we all just want to help in some small way
    as far as ssdi i was turned down 3 times i fired my lawyer and got a copy of all the jobs i had gave it to the ssdi judge and got what i needed he knew i was a workaholic and i was always had a job
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