Osteoarthritis and social security disability

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You may have to fight hard and take a lot of time to do it but it's listed on the site. Google Hep C and Social Security and you will find help there maybe~!
The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability. "Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work.
A friend of mine suggested that it's time for me to talk with my physician,( who is internal med), as well as my orthopedic surgeon and pain management specialist, to find out what I need to do to apply for disability with social security. I'm so worried that I'm going to find myself without employment and medical insurance one day soon, and I have no idea of where to start or to who I turn to for answers. I have to money saved, as I used what savings I had to bury my son.
I suggest you look into the Social Security Administration Website and look into their blue book of impairments. SSA.gov.
I am still trying for SSD, but I don't feel like hiring a lawyer and having to go over and over and over the history of my life and diagnoses, and so forth. I guess you could say I am too depressed to get a lawyer so I can get SSD for depression! My arthritis (back and neck, 4 places) is degenerative and painful. I have to use a pillow (special one) when sitting in my chair at home. Sometimes the burning of the fibro is all I can take.
(Basically I gave them a very detailed information) and put it on colored paper. Social Security sent my to one of their psychiatrist to talk to me about my depression caused by the Fibro. like the forgetfulness,etc. I was approved this past July for SSDI. I did have an attorney that guided me and reviewed any documents I received from S.S. Social Security generally does not approve 1st applications, So if you get denied the first time, just go for it again. I wish you good luck.
I had lamendectomy 4,5,Surgery,in 1999,its April,2007,I own a Music Catalog,Forever,Fortunate,and im on Social Security Disability,since March,2004.Im on 2 40mg,of long -acting Oxicontin,and breakaways,5mg,of Ocodone.Im in Pain constantly,i have ,Osteroporosis,i was Recommended for spinal Fusion Surgery,then the DRS,said no.
Yes you can get SSI, which is income based including your spouse's income, or SSD which is the Social Security $ you have contributed while working. Be sure your DR knows you are going to try to get this and everything, even if someone brings you to your appointments, is documented. Document, Document, Document everything you are unable to do, and how they thryoid issue, migraines and ALL other medical conditions effect your daily life.
Please if you haven't done so, apply for social security disability asap. But you have a lot of serious issues and really need to be seen by a good internist as soon as possible. Numbness in your arms sounds serious to me. Did you ever get a pulmonary (lung) function test before you were't able to work? Diarrhea as you probably know can lead to dehydration and irritable bowel syndrome is only one of many causes of diarrhea. Have you considered gout about your feet?
I am so sorry your surgery was not successful. I will never let anyone operate on my back ~ I was told a year ago that I need the surgery but I refused it then. Just last week, I saw an Ortho Surgeon for a first visit and he told me "Don't even consider that option". I worked for 20 years at the Social Security Administration and I saw too many failed back surgeries who had to file for disability. So I do understand a little about the pain you must be going through.
I have talked to the neurosurgeon who did the surgery and he shrugged his shoulders and said I have no idea and sent me back to my neurologist. He gave me a series of injections in both shoulders and the pain stopped for a couple days but then came right back. Then we tried massage therapy, it helps but only for a short period.Then I have to go back to the massage therapist again and again, my insurance will not pay for that.
However, he said it could NOT be causing me so much pain. He checked out my arm and noticed a hard soft tissue knot, and suggested removing it through surgery and it "might" relieve my pain. So, 3 weeks ago I had the said surgery and it was removed (a hard soft tissue mass about the size of a marble). No, this was not the cyst inside my humerus bone. Anyways, I still have the pain, and it is extremely terrible at night (on a scale of 1 to 10, a 20 at night).
Does anyone have any links that would help me when talking to the social security people? That intake woman was just horrible to talk to and increased my anxiety through the roof yesterday, causing my symptoms to worsen by the end of the day.
I would definitely try other places than the VA, they put me on the streets of Houston, homeless, jobless and with severe congestive heart failure(I'm on Social Security Disability now) simply because I missed 3 bed checks in the Healthcare for Homeless Vets program. I called the manager of the facility I was staying to let her know I was in the step down unit (cardiac care unit) of the local V.A. hospital and she told me I no longer had a bed.
They had a wonderful program in a beautiful large secluded home with loads of security. There were others there and understanding workers held meetings and therapists to give us a better understanding of the cycle of battery. Now I understand. Before I didn't. I still feel stupid, but I do know why some can't leave. After about a month, I was given a choice of where I would like to go to start over.
I just do not understand why I don't care about Christmas this year. The past couple of years have been hell for me and my Hubby & Kids. I did not want to put up the Christmas tree, no decorations, and i did not want to bake any cookies. This is my favorite holiday. I just needed a year off, so did my Hubby. I am so tired of dealing with my broken foot and my sprained left foot. My IM dr.
It does cause all kinds of deficiencies, and problems, including sleep problems, but it is very real. The social security administratin now recognizes it as a cause for disability if severy enough, which I don't think they would do if it wasn't "real". In my experience you have to try lots of different things until you find the right one for you, that is what is so frustrating about this disease. You think you have it under control, and then it changes on youo.
Now I have Severe DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) and was granted SSDI (Social Security Disability) by the time I was only 58 years old. All because of the ruptured disc and the surgery that I had performed. Byt the way my Surgeon is one of the top Surgeons in the U.S. It's unfortunately one of the horrible side-effects that can and does occur following any back surgery. Now add your Grandmother's age to that and believe me your Sweet Grandmother is suffering a lot of real pain today.
YES i have plenty i can feel and see but the ones i CANNOT EVEN MOVE THE DUVET.
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Anyone who is reading this, if you have to, get Social Security Disability, especially while in treatment. If your spouse has to go to work, so be it. I was a stay at home wife until my husband became ill. His Social Security was not enough so I now work forty to fifty hours a week but do not mind one bit. Along with his hep C he also has Congestive Heart disease, diabetes, and is hard of hearing and must wear hearing aids. My mother died of Hep C.
I've had my diagnosis for many years and it's considered to be severe. In fact, that's what gave me the SSDI (Social Security Disability). I've suffered from severe pain since I was, also, in my 20's. At the age of 27 I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my left hip and needed a hip replacement back in 1973 but they had me put it off until as long as I could because the hip implants were knew then and it wouldn't have lasted longer than 5 to 10 years at that time.
I took better notes in class, I ran farther on the treadmill, my reaction time was better when I played tennis, I studied harder and longer, and at bars and/or social scenes I didn't feel the need to drink as much as when I didn't take a pill before I went out. Soon I began stealing the pills from my brother. Currently, I am working as an intern - and I realize that taking adderall helps the day go by faster - b/c I am constantly keeping myself involved and active in office business.
I am currently collecting long term disability benefits through the company I work(ed) for. You might want to check with them. Also, you can check with Social Security / Disability. However, I was told that I had to wait a year after my doctor determines that I have a significant disability. I thank God that I was able to get this benefit though my job. I have these benefits for up to a year. I am also continuing my health care benefits through COBRA.
Think hard before trying it. I am going to go back on my cymbalta and pain meds. I just got my disability started, so there is a small hope there. but I am like you all, very sick and tired of hurting. I too suffer from a severe back injury that ended my nursing career. So i have a double whammy with the pain thing. but I had rather try to relieve the pain than put up with this very dangerous side effects of Savella.
Went on Teachers' Disability Retirement and Social Security Disability. NOW, for the good part. A few months ago I had a nasty car accident here in Las Vegas---woman turned in from of me in the intersection and I hit her going 45mph. Went to ER--had x-rays--nothing showed up. Now, after 10 PT treatments, I had an MRI. MRI showed several areas of disc degeneration (no surprise) and Schmorl's Nodes in the area of my spinal fusions---T 6-7 thru 10-11.
Like someone is pinching my brain. I have 3 kids and because of my Chiari 1 malformation (15mm) i dont even have a social life anymore. The doctors in Australia dont even want to operate on me because they said its not guaranteed. So can someone who has had the surgery please get back to me that has had success? The neuros here are really conservative and have basically said "find some pain management".
I don't regret the surgery because I needed it but am seriously going to give my knee as long as a year post-op and if the pain has not improved, am going to have to seek social security disability since work is so painful.
I'm 42yrs old, mother of adult son, but have had undiagnosed symptoms off and on for years. From Joint pain and swelling to lymph node swelling and tenderness to now currently weakness (heavy feeling) and constant tiredness. I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with a dead gallbladder which was removed...and it was dead. But now my PCP is testing for Autoimune and Viral/baterial infections: Mono, Lyme, Celiac and Lupus. I won't get the test results for another 24hrs or so.
At first I thought it was my liver because it got worse when I drank, so I got a PET scan of my liver and spleen and got blood tests and everything was normal. I also got a endoscopy and colonoscopy because I was constipated for 2 weeks and that was all normal except for chronic gastritis. My uncle is a nurse and said that the pain sounds like it could be my gallbladder, so I had a ultrasound on my gallbladder, pancreas and right kidney 2 days ago and they said everything is normal there too.
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