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Social Security Stresssssssssssssssss Help!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Matters of the Heart

Been a long time since I posted. I am currently beginning the claim process for SSI (filed the third week of September) and am about to reach my maximum state benefits within the month. The processing time for a Social Security Claim is about 3-6 months on their website but I was wondering if anyone can let me know how long their claims have taken to be processed and what conditions you suffer from?

Also, does anyone know if degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, stenosis or sciatica are among the conditions that are automaticly labled "disabling"?

I had a 3 level fusion to correct a grade 4 spondy of 92% slip in December of 2007, and am very anxious to know if I will have a hard time getting my claim processed. I live in California if that is relevant.

Also, a little while back I spoke with my doctor about returning to work, and even requested a release form...although I recanted it due to the realization that it is going to be impossible for me to work with my conditions. Is it possible that my request will be relayed to the SSI folks investigating my claim? :SS :SS Just really worried that I shot myself in the foot trying to make sure I had some sort of income...even though asking to work was a totally outlandish idea at the time and even now.

Anyone know any steps I can take while my case is being evaluated to up my chances of success and less headaches?

Any and all experiences and advice are welcomed with open arms!

~ Scared,anxious and in the dark,



  • Also, another concern of mine is my education. I am currently attending courses at college, but only attend 5 hours of coursework in person per week.... do you think this will hurt my claim? ~X(
  • Hi i am on ssi,and have been since 2003,my best advice would be to get a ssi lawyer,or consult with one....
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  • check ssa.gov for info. Most people take 2-3 years to get it but I have heard of some getting it sooner. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I applied for SSDI in Oct 06, and was denied my mail in Jan 07. Hired a SS lawyer, she filed the request for hearing....and the time frame in MIchigan for that is about 3 years. My last phonecall to SS, they said I should be notified about a hearing sometime Jan-Mar '09 ~X(
  • I applied for SSD in late January this year (2008) and received an approval, my 1st monthly check and back pay in mid-March; it took less than 2 months from start to finish. Yes, I was VERY surprised! BUT...I've seen my PC doc monthly for approx 3 yrs, saw 2 pain specialists, 3 chiropractors, a psychiatrist, went to P.T., had tests done, etc. ALL this left a LARGE, detailed paper trail of diagnoses, med mgmt & ongoing tx. I was also diagnosed with depression/bipolar II & PTSD in 2007. My doctors & I believe that having that documentation, as well as being diagnosed w/ BOTH a physical & mental "disorder" which prevented me from working, was enough for the SSDI to give me quick approval. It's imperative to seek appropriate tx & that ALL providers keep good documentation of the care you've gotten & why the diagnoses that keep you from working. School may be an issue if you're trying to "prove" you're disabled. Go to the SSA website for the list of "approved" diagnoses. Feel free to msg me. Good luck!
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  • that didnt get filled out isnt a problem; it wasn't done. I'm also wondering if @ 22yrs old you've worked long enough to get SSD. Did you mean SSI? Those rules are completely different & are based on disability and financial need.
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