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I won my SSDI case!

Hey everyone, it's kinda bitter sweet, after 22 months of waiting on SSDI I was scheduled to have a hearing today(8/21/12). However, my lawyers office called me early Monday(8/20/12) afternoon and said the ADJ reviewed my case and brief and issued a fully favorable decision and that my hearing was canceled, I am fully disabled and now just need to wait for some paperwork and money to come in. It's really hard for me because I am 26 years old(27 next month)and this all started 8 years ago on 8/27/04 with a herniated disc at L5-S1 I got jumping out of a ditch to get back in my excavator at work. Being 18(and, very, very dumb) I wasn't gonna let the fact I couldn't walk or put on my boot by my self get in my way so after many months of light duty I wasn't really much better and kinda lied my way back into full time work, I figured I was you g and it would heal up someday. What I didn't know then(man was I a moron) was that that was nothing compared to what I go though now, that I'd herniate at L4-5 too, really bad genes would lead too "severe"(that's what the doc says anyway) DDD, and a microdisectomy/laminectomy 5/15/11 that all would leave me to be a 26 year old father of 3 that walks with a cane when I can walk and despite the fact I am otherwise very healthy, strong young man, I'm in so much pain most of the time I can't do what I want to do. The next step is a fusion, years down the road as to make sure there is no more damage to other dics(fingers crossed). The most depressing thing has been the choice to go a head with disability, I stopped working in 1/09 and kinda thought that at some point I would get better(in hindsight, also rather dumb:-) instead of picking up the pace of getting worse significantly, I'd wish I could go back to excavation but sense I can't really do dishes for more then ten minutes at a time, I went with SSDI. I'd be happy to discuss the prosess with anyone that would like to, I could never really find people's stories that were current with my situation and would also like to hear from others that could maybe help with questions I have regarding when my family will receive the money etc. this has been a long road for me and my family, though I don't have a ton of hope that my pain will improve but I've made it this far on my hard work ethic and horribly inappropriate sense of humor. Someone asked me the other day what, if anything, was good about having a "bad back", to which I replied; no one asks me for help moving :-)
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  • Sally711SSally711 Posts: 156
    edited 08/22/2012 - 3:09 AM
    hey there... had to pop in and say.. CONGRATS!! I have had a fight for my disability and recently won also... so I truly can feel for ya! took me 3 years.. and a bit.. but did it.
    For others out there... do not give up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wish you the best.
    cheers
  • deerejohnddeerejohn Posts: 19
    edited 08/23/2012 - 7:26 AM
    sturgnc said:
    I am so glad that you and your family will have an income now! I applied for SSDI and was denied my first try. I then hired an attorney and am awaiting the second decision from SSDI. Wish me luck! I hope this is it. We will see. I will post as soon as I hear anything.....good or bad.

    Again, I'm so glad to hear about your good news. Jim
    Thank you. SSDI has to be the single dumbest system in history. I got denied twice then had to go for a a hearing, I hope they don't scre you around, it's been almost 19 months for me start to finish, well, I don't have the whole money part yet. The more medical stuff you have the better but it makes the system slow down, my lawyer presented like 325+ pages of medical recored to the judge with my brief and I guess she was so satisfied she granted me SSDI the day before, though I kinda wish I could have gone so I could have flipped off the SSA people when the judge said "they should be ashamed" of how they acted. I'll try and keep updated on this thread as far as how long it takes to get the paperwork and money coming in and the best of luck to you with SSDI, don't get to awful upset about the denials, as much as it'll make you want to burn the government to the ground, get before a judge and it will happen then if not before. It's all the people that get SSDI for a paper cut or solely for mental health makes us with chronic back and spine problems get screwed around
  • hamrs_62hhamrs_62 Posts: 38
    edited 08/23/2012 - 12:32 PM
    I was told by a works comp as soon as my comp comes through to apply for ssd, so as soon as I can I will contact an attorney and have them fill out the papers,,,
    hamrs_62
  • hamrs_62 said:
    I was told by a works comp as soon as my comp comes through to apply for ssd, so as soon as I can I will contact an attorney and have them fill out the papers,,,
    I started my claim myself then got a lawyer, really dont know why I did it that way, I applied myself 6months prior to that and was denied and didn't pursue it, to be frank I didn't know s**t, lol. The lawyer was a huge help, in the brief before the hearing he gave the judge like 325+ pages of recoreds that I could never have got and because I was 18 when I first got hurt, I don't keep any of the paperwork. Good luck to anyone who goes through this, the SSA is a bunch of cruel, twisted and down right ignorent people IMO, when your in as much pain and it affects our lives so much, and they have the gall to tell us "there is still work you can do" . I started running heavy equipment when I was 8 and spent my whole life doing just that, but my wife has to put my socks on when I wear them now and I don't remember the last time I wore shoes with laces, lol. When I had my physical from the SSA doctor he had to remove and re instal my socks because I couldn't get down there and he still said I could work in his report to him
  • cjp1986ccjp1986 Posts: 42
    edited 08/25/2012 - 2:11 PM
    Im just getting started with this journey of disability. I filed in February of 2012 and was denied in June. I have gotten a lawyer and he filed a "reconsideration". Im still waiting to hear from them on that. It was sent to a center in Mississippi, I was denied in Georgia. Wish me luck. Im going for lumbar fusion surgery the first week in September. You have to almost DEAD to get your disability in Georgia. But alcoholics standing on the corners all day dont have a problem getting a monthly check. This is pitiful.
  • stuartsstuart Posts: 5
    edited 09/08/2012 - 11:53 AM
    Hi Guys, Im from the uk i work as a security officer in a job center, i have spondylolthesis l5 s1 with bilatrial pars defect spine abifida impingment of the nerves and sciatic pain all the time in both legs to feet. Im due for a fusion with rods etc on the 5th oct 2012 and so worried bout things.
    I applied for dla ( disability living alowance ) and got turned down and have now asked for a reconsilation which they said can take up to 11 wks. im like most people can not free stand for more than 10 mins nor wash and dry my feet or put socks on have now sock aid my daughter has to come shopping with me and do things if i cannot bend down to do.
    My work are very good to me i can do which pleases me ie sit stand lean which ever suits me to help with my pain. I so need the extra help with the mobility side of things and theopy.
    It just makes me sick to the back teeth that the department can sit there not even see you and judge what they think, Even though i have medical notes from special sergeons and doctors and phisio, even from the people i work at have supporting leters to them saying bout my condition.
    Your right cjp bout the junkies and the drinkers who self inflict who get most things just so not right.
  • My lawyer filed a Reconsideration for me June 12th. i got the letter on saturday. Mine was denied also. So now we will file for an appeal. Having surgery this am at 10am. Wishing everyone good health today and God bless you all for being here for support.

    carol in atlanta
  • I live in Canada... and our CPP Disability system is so similar to the SSI. I was denied twice, and had an advocate work with me to fight further. Took just over three years... and the process is horrible.. the waiting...no money coming in... but.. when you win, it is fantastic! I felt like I had.. gosh, won a world series!
    Keep working at it... it is a process involving the gov't. It will take time... and some fighting. You can do it!!!
    Sending positive vibes to you all~!
  • I just got a letter today from the SSI office. it says fully favorable, by an attorney advisor. I dont know for sure but i think this means i will get my disability. I first filed in March 2011. Then denied , then got a lawyer and filed a reconsideration and was denied. I found out that the SSI office only requested records from my family dr. The lawyers sent in an appeal and sent in records from my hospital, orthopedic dr and my spine specialist and all MRI's, cat scans and x-rays, and dr notes. NOW i got approved!!! ( i think).
  • Sally711SSally711 Posts: 156
    edited 11/25/2012 - 12:57 PM
    So happy for you! You must be quite relieved!
    To others still fighting for their disability....keep going!
  • I have been unemployed due to health issues causing poor performance at my last job. I wasn't fired or anything, but it was obvious to myself and my employer that I just couldn't keep up like I always had. I was never a slacker so to speak. I was more of an over achiever. I excelled at most anything I did and always went the extra mile both mentally and physically my entire working life, but my pain began to increase and my work performance began to deteriorate along with not only my severe bulging L4 - L5 and L5 - S1 (the ONLY MRI that I could get with no insurance), but also my self esteem/self worth because I was a work ahollic driven to be self sufficent and financially independent and like so many others couldn't even put on socks and shoes without assistance and broke as a joke, so then depression set in along with quite a few extra pounds just sending me on a downward spiral. It has left me very bitter and angry because I can't do most anything I enjoy and it has put a great deal of strain on my relationship as well as my relationship with my children. So to sum it up, I have become quite the recluse and I have found myself very irritable and impatient with people in general. I find it hard to communicate verbally. I believe in my hearing tomorrow, I will have to talk in front of a lot of people about my situation to state my case and I have developed severe anxiety around people because my whole life has been turned inside out. I'm not the outgoing happy go lucky person I once was. I'm hoping that I don't have to do much talking at the hearing because I get emotional and forget what I'm trying to say in these types of situations. I basically just have an MRI and X-RAY report stating that I have bulging discs and DDD, long list of medications treating me for depression, anxiety, pain, muscle spasms, tension, hyper-tension, neuropathy and weight loss to help relieve my symptoms from my deteriorating health. I'm young. 42 and have been dealing with this for several years and it seems to just be getting worse. I am nervous about tomorrow's hearing. If I am denied... I think it will push me over the edge. Can anyone tell me what I might expect at my hearing and if the info I have given in this forum seems enough to get ssi disability approval? Please offer any help you might find useful to me for my hearing. Feeling a bit desperate. Thank u in advance.
    JenGo
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,941
    Welcome to Spine-Health
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,941
    You may want to use search on this site, icon very right on top of page... Re SSI Disability

    You will be led to some current posts about Disability, also former posts.
    There is an active thread on subject now.

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  • Wondering how your case went Jen ? Hopefully good :(
  • tapnikttapnik Cottage grove Posts: 1
    I have a dumb question, if it takes so long to go through the approval process and you're supposed to be not working for 12 months then how do you support yourself?   I'm thinking of applying for social security disability and not sure of the process.   I've had a spinal fusion in May and just went back to work,  working very limited hours and it's still too much.  Thank you for your input.  
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