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Old 02-21-2004, 12:49 PM   #1
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Social Security Disability and chronic hives

I,m starting this because like many of you with chronic hives I cannot work and social security says I can. I have many additional health problems but the pressure hives was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak.

Anyway, I thought this would be helpful for us to share information that may or may not have worked in obtaining social security.

 
Old 02-23-2004, 10:33 PM   #2
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Re: Social Security Disability and chronic hives

Thanks for the info.. I just have a few questions for you. Call me nosy Rosy I guess. If you took sulfasalizine before and it quit working for the pressure hives. Why don't you try taking it again to see if it would help you? I would think if you were getting immune to it, you have been off it long enough that it may be worth trying it again. DO you get hives other than pressure ones? I hope you can find something to help you get through life and have a little fun along the way. I know I enjoy the good days even more than ever when I am not covered in those stupid things. I still have two jobs along with two kids to keep up with. Good luck and I will shut up now.

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Old 02-24-2004, 05:38 AM   #3
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Re: Social Security Disability and chronic hives

Hi Hairdooer,

It means my last name used to be Face before all this medical stuff happened and I happened to get married about the same time. This is what I came up with. Didn't think anything else would sound very good. I have heard a lot about the name and not all would have been too good.

As for the sulfa, I am going back on to see if it at least helps this intense itching. The hives I am not really sure since it is hard to coorelate when I have put pressure on my skin with a hive hours later. I do get thim in areas I did n't realize I put pressure but that does not mean I didn't since I can get it from the slightest weight on an area I don't usually put pressure on. Hard to say if they are all pressure or not. My new doc who is a head injure specialist says they could be coming from my head injure since most of the area that controls this hypersensitivey is located where my trauma and subsequent chronic pain and spasm is so I may have my culprit. He is doing some neuropsych exams and then probably some specific brain MRI's to see what he can find and in turn see what he can treat. He is the best I have seen for this so who knows.

I am in the process of going to OVR and seeing what I can do for a home business if he thinks it is feasable. He works closely with the rehab center and OVR so I finally have some comprehensive treatment for all this and maybe I will get somewhere and get a better quality of life. I just know someone else can sit back and live with this as I have been told but I am going to find out what the cause and cure is so help me..... God.

Navy

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Old 03-01-2004, 11:34 AM   #4
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Re: Social Security Disability and chronic hives

Hi,
Just an update. I got approved for disability retirment by my employer so ssd may be just over the horizon. Keep the fingers crossed since the more ssd recognizes the hives as disabling the more who will be approved.

Navy

 
Old 03-01-2004, 12:18 PM   #5
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Re: Social Security Disability and chronic hives

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Hi,
Just an update. I got approved for disability retirment by my employer so ssd may be just over the horizon. Keep the fingers crossed since the more ssd recognizes the hives as disabling the more who will be approved.

Navy
Why don't you talk to your doctor about Paxil, Effexor, Celexa or another such similar medication? These medications aren't just for depression (Zyban is given as a stop smoking aid). I have "Dermatographism" and it was debilitating at times. I suffered for 9 years or more with chronic itch and living on Benadryl and then sleeping because the Benadryl zonked me out.

My doctor started me on Celexa on Friday and I noticed over the weekend that I no longer have hives. And that when I do scratch, the itch goes away instead of being replaced by more itch and hive/welts.

Perhaps your hives are a result of a nervous disorder and can be remedied with a medication that affects the chemicals in the brain. I've also noticed that since October I've had chronically weepy and itchy ears. I've woken up everyday since then with water logged ears and crunching sounds from gunk puddled near my ear drum. Today I woke up without that. So it seems that that too was a manifestation of my nerves/anxiety.

Is there something in your life that is causing you anxiety other than your hives? How do you feel about your job? Do you want to work or would you rather sit at home collecting disability? Is your life going as planned? Answering these questions may help you figure out if what you have is actually a real physical ailment, or something that is manifesting itself as a symptom of something else.

 
Old 03-02-2004, 06:23 AM   #6
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Re: Social Security Disability and chronic hives

Thanks for the recommendations but I have been fighting this for over 15 years and it was time to stay home and get some rest. I have tried hundred plus meds and none work even the paxil, celexa, elevil, doxipen ect. If you noticed I was the one who got on an advocated your med on the dermatographism thread. Not being smart but it is true. I have tried and pushed myself too far. I also have other medical conditions and working was making them all worse. My hives are a result of a motor vehichle accident and injury to my brain. It sounds weird but the area that controls sensitivity in the skin is what was damaged. I also have chronic migraines, facial pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain. A pain disorder and depression with PTSD. The prednisone I had to take for 2 years to tolerate dental work has given me its own set of problems now. Anyone considering this a simple med think twice, it is more harmful than you may think.

I tried to push myself to work to the point I was having panic attacks on the job and had to be put on medical leave since OCT. I am somewhat better at home but the hives have not improved, nor has the pain and some of the prednisone side effects since I am still weaning off. The plan is to get myself under better medical control and then see if I can work at home in something.
I am trying to get some more education and backing for a home business through OVR I won't have to be on disability forever but as it is now I just can't work in the normal work setting. I am involved in some charity work that I can do if/when I feel up to it so I don't just sit at home. I am very active in getting better too. I see docs and go to groups for pain about 15 times a month so I couldn't work, or at least no one would have me with that many doctor appointments each month. If I work for myself I could go when I need to and have no one telling me I miss too much work.

Some people just have too hard of a time enduring these hives and working and sometimes they just need to admit it and move on.

Navy

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