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Social Security Disability. Do you have it? Were you denied/approved? Please share your story with m

caitycccaityc Posts: 268
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:33 AM in Health Insurance Issues
I have applied for disability, and not sure what my chances are for getting it. I don't have spinal stenosis, or caudi equina syndrome, or anything like that. My disk is gone, and I do have nerve root compression. But my main issue is pain. I asked my SSDI case worker if they look at such things as the amount of pain someone is in, and take that in to consideration.

Anyway, I was wondering if you could tell me:

1. What your condition is?

2. Were you approved or denied?

I know everyone is different, just trying to get an idea.




  • Hi Caity,
    I have RSD, and am always in pain. Most of this condition is purely pain. Some physical abnormalities, that may or may not require amputation. I heard from my atty., that every RSD patient they have helped, are now approved and on their way...in pain and on pills.
    For now I live with pain. One out of three ain't
    bad. Put me in pain, and I'll show you a guy who doesn't do public.
    Good luck!!!
  • I am so sorry to hear you are in such pain. :( I'm assuming you were approved for SSD? If so, I am so happy for you. I am in the beginning stages of my application. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  • I just got approved.
    I filed On my own and was denied.
    I asked for a recosideration and i was denied again.
    I finally hired a lawyer and he asked for hearing.
    I never had to go to a hearing as it was approved witn out it.
    It's a long haul on a very bumpy road. Just don't get off it!

    best wishes.
  • I work for a lawyer who specializes in social security disability and I am a paralegal that basically handles these files. A favorable decision depends on a lot of factors. I can tell you from experience, the younger you are and your educational level play a big role. You may not technically meet a listing but chronic pain is part of your disability. You want to consider everything that is going on with you when filing. For example, it seems that a lot of our clients come in lets say because of back problems because to them that is the main reason why they are disabled. Don't forget about anything else that you may have like depression, diabetes, hypertension, etc. The best possible thing you could do for your case is to have supportive doctors that are willing to either write a to whom it may concern letter indicating that you are disabled and are not capable of sustaining gainful employment. Or, even better, have them complete a RFC form. I hope some of this info was helpful. The system is definitely flawed that is for sure. I am 34 years old, i have had two back surgeries, with the most recent being June 30 when I had a two level fusion at L3-4 and L4-5 and had bone spurs removed at L5-S1. I am currently off work with no benefits, no income and uncertainly about the future, and I can tell you that without doubt, I would not qualify for social security disability because of my age and because I have a college education, not to mention my family could not afford to even try to go through the proecess. I live in Michigan and we are one of the busiest offices in the nation. It is now taking upwards of 6-9 months to find out if you are denied or not, and if denied it is taking about 2 1/2 years to get a hearing date in front of an administrative law judge!
    I wish you the best of luck!!!
  • Thank you for your comments, Tammy! Wow! Fun times! Yeah, everything you have going on is vital to the process. In my case I have my degenerative disc disease, surgery, permanent nerve damage resulting in debilitating pain, hypertension, diabetes, and I'm 57 years old. I have a good law firm that does nothing but these kinds of claims working for me.

    I don't know how long it will take but I'm in it for the long haul. I can't use either of my arms for any length of time because of the diabetic neuropathy and the nerve pain.

    Anyway, thanks again for your insightful comments, Tammy!

    Ken GreyEagle
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  • Hi All,
    I must of had one of the strangest SSDI cases ever. I went through this process with my dad back in '86, and 4 yrs and an attorney (who really didn't do much), he finally qualified for SSDI. So in March 2007, after a bloched Bilevel Lumbar Spinal Fusion of the L4-S1 with hardware, and the rest of the bells and whistles. I had to apply for SSDI in Sept 08. I was very against it. Pride you know is a dangerous thing. I guess I saw what my dad had gone through, and had read what a lot of ppl had to go through on this forum. I figured I was in for a battle, especially since I hadn't seen a dr for this since July 07. I only seen my primary once in that time, and that was to sign a contract for pain meds.
    So I applied, and figured I'd be denied. I was 40 yrs old, with a college degree, had no dr. backing me or even know that I applied, and I was going through DVR to be retrained. Well in Feb 09 I recieved a check from SSDI, and the next day a letter that I was approved. I told you it was strange!! I was affraid to cash the check. I have never heard of anyone getting SSDI so easily.
    To tell you exactly what's wrong with me. I don't really know. That's my first order of business in Sept, when medicare kicks in. I'm also in the process of getting the records from the drs, and the hospital. What I can tell you is I woke up from surgery unable to feel my legs, and it took me a month to learn to walk. I'm in extensive pain, and have lots of numbness to the outside of my legs going down to my feet. If there is a bright side, I can stub my toe and not feel it, LOL!!! Sorry my idea of humor. You have to laugh at something. Might as well be yourself. Otherwise, I'd have to just sit down, and cry! And what good would that do me.
    I know this might not be helpful to anyone, but that's my story. Even as stange as it may sound.
    Bobbi Jo
  • I am so happy for you! That does seem like it was very easy, but you must have strong medical evidence to support that you are disabled. They get all of your medical records in order to make their decision, so your doctors must have been very thorough.

    Again, I am so happy for you! I hope I am as lucky. :)

  • i went through the disability (nightmare) i am 43 was denied the first time. thinking i really don't want this, but i knew that i was physically amess from my two surgeries. the people who really need it i think are denied because there are people out there who should not be on it.and i think they try to scare you. my thoughts are -- you know yourself what you can do- it's just a matter of making those people understand.. i think the system would improve if they had a medical team doing disability cases. just my honest opinion
  • that some of you have won your fight. Tammy, thank you for the wonderful advice!

    My issue is pain... Pain, pain, pain. There is absolutely no way I can stand/sit for 8 hours a day. Not unless they think it's OK that I am in excruciating pain. My concern is that there probably isn't "strong medical evidence" in their eyes. As I said before, my last MRI from Feb does reflect the collapsed disk and compression, but there are no other factors. I am probably going to request another MRI because things are going from bad to worse. Most of you will understand when I say that something just isn't right, and it's getting worse. I don't know if it's just further compression, or perhaps the bone spurs that were discovered are getting worse, but somethings up. I get really bad sciatic pain in my ankle now when I put pressure on my foot to walk. I am getting more aggressive sciatic pain. And it's gradually taking less and less to really "set me off" so to speak. I'm one of those who when you look at probably wouldn't know I have a back issue. But as soon as I do ANYTHING to irritate my back, I'm done. And this is even on meds. If I lay down all day and take it easy, my pain level is relatively manageable. But when I grocery shop, stand and fold laundry, cook a meal, etc., I'm just totally done. :(

    Anyway, thanks again for all of your advice, support and suggestions. I really appreciate it, more than you know.

  • What is the RFC form ?

    Thanks Michele
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