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was approved for my social security disability

susiessusie Posts: 152
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Health Insurance Issues
I wanted to share that I was approved for my social security disability benefits on my first try. I
applied 10-24-08. I have pretty severe scoliosis
curves and am having spinal fusion anterior and posterior
and a discectomy in Feb. 09.
I am greatly relieved to be approved but as I write this
I have a heavy heart for those of you who have written
about being turned down. I'm so glad to have been approved but I sincerely wish that everyone who needs it would be approved. I have thought often of those who have posted about their troubles, pain and difficult times. I so hope for all others that their approvals may be in the future.
Sincerely, Susan


  • Congratulations. I'm happy for you. And wishing you all the best for your upcoming surgery. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Of course it's not so wonderful that you have to suffer with severe scoliosis,but now at least you won't have to worry about the medical bills,or working through pain! And there IS the possibility that you can get SOME relief for your scoliosis...so that your quality of life gets better and better :)))

    I'm on social security disability myself,and I know how I felt when I was first approved.It was an odd feeling of relief mixed with a sadness that I doubt a person could explain.I was glad that I was approved..but there was another story just beginning to unfold.

    Good luck with your upcoming surgery~~I'll remember that date-it was my moms birthday... :)))

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  • That is wonderful news. I also was approved this past October after 2 years. It is a good feeling but also a sad feeling that I am disabled. My worry was always health care and that took some stress off of me.

  • :) what a relief that must be off your shoulders. :D now you have the opportunity for a new start without the worries that come with no income. i am on SSDI and am so grateful for it. :D good luck as you face surgery and all the best for a successful recovery! Jenny :)
  • Congratulations <:P I'm glad it went through quickly for you. Hey, don't spend all that backpay money :) I know this will make things easier for you. I have SSDI too and I'm so grateful to have it. Best wishes on your upcoming surgery :H
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  • About experiences. What was it like for you personally and how long did it take? I know some people that have taken 6 years or more and some that are approved in one year. I'm not planning on filing anytime soon but it is an option for me so I just would really like to hear about the experiences of those who have gone through the process.
  • I found it to be an overwhelming experience. I had a small
    babysitting service for many years. I enjoyed it and intended to continue for a few more years - and at that time when I thought all conditions were right, then I would have my back surgery. That's how I thought it would go. In
    April my foot and leg started to hurt. In the back of my mind, I thought surely this doesn't have anything to do with my back - I went to my regular dr. and she x rayed my foot and said nothing is broken but as usual she looked my back over. I told her I was starting to think about seeing a surgeon. I was still managing but didn't realize I was at the beginning of the end of - getting by. My back - I have scoliosis just continued to get worse. I had a Dr. appt. on Oct. 24th and this time my Dr. took xrays of my back. She came in and told me my working days were over and she meant that very day. My pain was so much worse and had progressed so quickly that I felt very unprepared. My Dr. told me to apply for social security disability and to get an attorney. She said if you do it by yourself, you will mess it up. So a few days later my husband and I went to a social security disability attorney's office. They only handle disability cases. It was a very depressing place and the person who spoke to us said be prepared to wait 3 years. The Social Security office was next door to the attorney - so we decided to go on in and see how busy they were. For whatever reason, we got right in. The man who took my information was so nice. It took about 2 hours for him to take all of my information. I had just been to see the surgeon and told him I was going to file for disability. He had told me after looking at my xrays that I would be having an anterior and posterior fusion - and that he & his staff would do whatever was required to help me with my disability claim. So I thought that was surely going to help. I had to list 2 people who knew about my condition and how it had affected me. Well, I hadn't gone around discussing it, so I had to put our Pastor, who didn't know me all that well and my next door neighbor. They both received questionaires in the mail. I received some paperwork in the mail to fill out. I just told the truth - that I tried to go for a walk every day if someone could go with me. That I was depressed and was going to my therapist and taking medication for that. So I mailed in my information. When the Surgeon's office called me with the date for surgery and also told me I would be having a discectomy I called the S.S. disability examiner who had my case. I gave him the dates and we were on the phone about 2 minutes. I had applied on October 28th. I didn't hear another word until Dec. 29th, when I received the letter in the mail telling me I was approved for benefits and my first check would be in May for April's benefits. So in 60 days I was approved from start to finish. I will say that after several acquaintances telling me it would take 2 or 3 years to get it, I seriously questioned if I was up to a big hassle of trying to follow all the necessary steps while going through this major surgery and recovery. I almost felt like some people almost enjoyed telling me how long it would take and how I probably wouldn't be approved because it's so hard to get. Some people are like that, I'm glad I'm not. So for me, that was it. I know my mental health therapist sent records and she knows me really well. Also my primary care Dr. had told me to quit working that very day and to file for benefits. Also, the surgeon was I thought unusally kind. I think my condition was pretty bad because the surgeon told me in my case surgery was not optional because my spine was pushing on my diaphram. I think I spent too much time looking things up on the internet - like my scoliosis wasn't in the disability listing book - so I didn't think I had a very good chance. It was upsetting to me and I was thinking I didn't know if it would be something I could handle - I was upset enough about the upcoming surgery and recovery.I guess that goes to show that you don't have anything to lose by applying. Also, I was surprised by how many people who I didn't know all that well seemed to think they were experts on social security disability. I think it's a really mixed up process because I have read on here, many people suffering who were obviously as bad off or worse than I am. It's not fair. Maybe someday the process will be more fair. My letter did inform me that I would have a review of my condition in 3 years. I didn't have any dr.s records to send in on my own like I have read some people do who are very prepared. I don't know what made my case go so fast but I do know it's not fair that others are denied and put off and put off. It made me wonder if it wasn't just partly the luck of whoever happened to get my paperwork really cared about their job.
    I would encourage anyone to apply who feels they are disabled because I was discouraged to apply by what I had read googling for information. I know that was a long story but that's how it went for me. Even though I was approved, two others on this message board have been on my mind constantly because they seemed to deserve their benefits and I wish we all had been approved. I am going to continue to think good thoughts for them. Susan
  • Congrat's!!! I helped my father-in-law apply a year ago, he does not have back problems, but breathing problems and some other health issues. He got his quick too. In his case I think age was on his side, he was already 65 and could have retired in 2009. The money he got for disability was not that much compared to what he was already receiving.
    Hope your surgery goes well, keep us posted.
  • Well written & informative letter Susie :)))

    When I read what you said about being surprised that so many people acted like experts on the subject of disability I felt compelled to post a reply.I felt the same way when I was applying.I'd like to say that I think that some people only act as if they know so much about the SSD because they happened to have gone through the experience-but I'd only be speculating.I know of a few other people (personally) besides myself of course,who have gone through the process,and in each case it was completely different.So if it's so different for each person how can one person explain it in a manner that would be right for everyone.

    Again,what you said about it being a "mixed up process"-I could not agree more.There are times it almost felt like a lottery to me.I watched one woman die while fighting SSD for years,and the guilt I felt was horrible,because I had already been recieving benefits for several years at that time.My Aunt,who is generally well mannered said to me,'Robin,why are you getting disability when **** couldn't get it",she was talking about the woman that died-they knew one another.How could I explain that?

    My best advice to anyone applying for SS is to be as open and honest as possible.It can be difficult to be objective about yourself when filling in the forms-but it's important to try hard to be so,and also,if you do get a denial letter,always appeal.Don't listen to the naysayers-they are everywhere in life-so the fact that they are out there even being negative about something like getting SS benefits should be no surprise to any of us.There is a great lesson there-I mean seriously-if a person is in such pain and life has taken such a toll on you/me that we cannot work anymore,and yet a person wants to hold you down even in that area,where we might have that medical coverage & those few hundred dollars a month to help relieve our anxieties..is this a person you need in your life.
  • I wanted to let you know to not put off filling. I just barely made it, my work credits were about to stop. There is a small widow when you can file as to when the last time you worked. I never knew this. Social Security will tell you as soon as you file if you have the work credits. It took me 2 years to the date to get approved, it was exhausting but well worth it in the end. Get an attorney, do not try this on your own.

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