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Bkep01BBkep01 Posts: 1
Has anyone else attempted to get SSI disability? And if you did what was the out come? I have lower back pain with bi-lateral radiculopathy. I have have gotten to the point where I cannot get up in the mornings due pain!!

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I tried for quite awhile to continue to work, even through my chronic pain and other medical issues.
    When it became as clear as a slap on my face, I realized I can no longer do anywhere near my best at work.
    I, too, became unreliable, as many days I was unable to leave the house, either due to chronic pain or other medical issues.

    When working, or even now if I have an appointment, I set my alarm at least two hours ahead of time, as I need to take my medication and allow time for them to work. Then the showering, dressing, the getting ready....I need to rest in between even the simple activities. I can no longer just wake up, get ready and run out the door.

    When I quit work on Tuesday, I saw Disability attorney on Thursday. I was approved within six months.
    My attorney guided me through out everything. I never went to a hearing. He handled so much!

    That was a good thing for me , also, as my memory and cognitive understanding, was and is impaired.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • It took close to 6 months for me as well. Mine was approved by an Administrative Law Judge whom I didn't have to actually see. My MD of 13 years sent in alot of paperwork for me and I did have to see a Doctor that deals with memory who tested me. My ability to recall things is not good.

    I think the key is an attorney that deals in nothing but disability and at least one good Doctor that has followed you for sometime and is willing to take the time to fill out the paperwork. A good attorney will give them a list of exactly what they need to send in for you to have your best chance at a successful outcome. Best of luck!

  • Wow! I can't believe you both were approved in 6 months. I've been waiting 2 years. Denied twice. Final hearing scheduled a full year out. Then canceled by the judge at the last minute and rescheduled 3 months later. Finally coming up he/t month. I am terrified that I won't get approved. If I don't, I will lose my house and have no idea what I will do.
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