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Hello everyone, my name is Kelly Venier, I'm new to this site. I have suffered from Spine problems since I was injured in the line of duty when I was a Fire Fighter and Paramedic back in 2002. I have been disabled ever since with L4-S1 Disc Herniations, Spinal Stenosis and Disc Desiccation, I also have Rheumatoid arthritis. I have very frequent bouts with Sciatic nerve Problems. My back problems have got to the point where I have to self Cath to use the restroom. One bad call and my career was over in a flash. I have been fighting to get disability since 2008. After I was diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I also suffer from bi-polar, & manic depression. I have a hearing on February 9th for my social security and ssi. I am a single mother and I have a grandson. Does anyone have any hints to getting your disability approved?