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SSD hope following spinal fusion

xMARxxMAR Posts: 125
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I wanted to let all us spineys know that there is happy endings to chronic pain from back surgeries. I got a call yesterday from the social security office here in town and told that I was APPROVED for my social security disability claim. It's been 5 months from the date of my application and wanted to let everyone know it's not that bad and I know there are horror stories about the wait and denials, but the most important part of the process is have a doctor or preferalbly the surgeon (most of them won't help because they don't want to admit they couldn't help you) I had a well known surgeon from Minneapolis that I'm sure a lot of you know that backed me 110%. He did a left and then a right si joint fusion following a 360 4 level fusion i had in 2009. I would not mention his name to anyone. He would not back me at all. Otherwise, I never saw a social security dr. or anything. My va dr. here in Kansas knows me well and also wrote a letter to SS. Just The pain meds alone that I am on keeps me from working. I never thought at 52 I would be disabled, but am very happy for the financial help. Now my next step, which is already in progress is to raise my VA disability amount. If anyone has any questions, please ask. Kevin


  • Hey Kevin, It's great to hear you were approved for ssd. I know most of the people out there just focus on their own aches and pains, kind of like a contest, who has had the most done and I hurt more than you, but it's great to hear a happy ending sometimes. The best of luck to you buddy take care, Kevin
  • Thanks so much Kevin. I hope you are feeling better. Take care, Kevin

    P.S. I know what you mean about being a feel sorry for me site. I'm off to bigger and better things!!
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    It is great that things were so smooth for you and you received your disability so quickly!

    That has to be a huge relief!
    I'm happy for you!
    Take care!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • xmar, and congrats on getting approved for ssd, so quickly.
    I was approved at 55 y/o and got it approved on the 1st time also.
    I also applied for non-service connected disability pension with the v.a. and its been 3 1/2 months, but havent heard anything from them yet.

    Best wishes to ya, and congrats again.
  • Blazer and Savage, thanks so much for the posting. It did go very smooth for me. the ssd that is. I'm also seeking PTSD from the military and hearing loss. It definiteley gets frustrating as you know dealing with more than you can handle. I thank you two very much for responding. I wish you the very best in a speedy recovery for you. I've been fighting my battle with PTSD for a very long time and i admit I fall off the deepend sometimes. God bless and Merry Christmas, Kevin (USMC)
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