I've been on SSDI over 10 years and I've had a few short form reviews before. This year I received a huge packet requesting more detailed information along with functional capacity questions. I've sent them everything and am still waiting to hear whether I'll be found eligible for ongoing benefits. I can't help but to be frightened in the case that I'm no longer deemed disabled. One of the criteria is that your condition has either stayed the same or gotten worse since you first were awarded. Mine is the latter; my spinal problems have deteriorated and I had to have an scs implanted. I figure they see that as a last resort measure meaning that I'm not expected to recover from the pain and disability. I know there's an overhaul of the system that was initiated by Senator Coburn last year. The 2016/17 regulations are an absolute must read that affects everyone on SSDI..it's truly disconcerting. Anyhow, if I lose my SSDI, I will be left destitute with no medical insurance. The state pays my Medicare premium, medicare supplement plan premium, and prescription costs. I have medicaid but it is different from the traditional coverage, but no SSI. Just in case I must prepare myself for the worst case scenario if things don't go my way. I have overwhelming medical evidence supporting my spinal conditions. I can't work in my present condition and I don't know what I'd do. Is anyone going through the same thing? Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks.
Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS