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Old 11-15-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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??????Osteoarthritis in both knees and social security?????

Hi, I need some advice, any imput will be greatly appreciated. Ok..here is my story: For the last couple of years I have had pain in both of my knees. In the begining I didn't have insurance so I didn't go to the doctor to check them out. In March of this year I got insurance, went to the dr. and she said I probably had Osteoarthritis in both knees. Sent me for xrays~ which backed up the Osteoarthritis claim my dr. said, and that my knees aren't lined up the way they should be. She sent me to an Arthritis clinic, and the dr. there wanted a MRI of of my right knee, because it was giving me more pain. We talked about a goal for like work or whatever. And he suggested that I get a sit down job. Well I did have a sit down job, and thats where I noticed the pain. So he said that wouldn't work then. While I was there I also got Cortisone shots in both knees~ That didn't work! MRI came back that there was no tears. He wanted me to go to an Orthapedic surgeon. His treatment plan was to do leg excersises 3 times a week. That didn't work. Went back to the Arthritis clinic. Told the Dr. that the excersises didn't help and that my left knee was also hurting alot more, he checked it out and asked if I was willing to try Arthroscopic surgery (I would need both knees done), and I said yes. I tried to mention that I was thinking of applying for social security, and he said that he don't think that I will get it. To go and get a job, a sit down job at that. And I told him thats when I noticed the pain before, and his attitude was basically like oh well. And he like shoved me out of the office. This is where I need advice. I had talked to Allsup prior to that appointment, and they said that it sounded like I had a good case, that they would represent me. And that all I need to do is get that drs support. But he acted like I wouldn't get it so hes not supporting me. I have used all kinds of different meds...nothing works...did the physical therapy, didn't work. Now I will be getting the sugery soon I assume. Should I still try to file for social security....or not??? Sorry so long....

 
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:32 AM   #2
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Re: ??????Osteoarthritis in both knees and social security?????

HI 2badknees. I am sorry you are having so many problems and pain. I am sure your knee problems effect you entire way of life. Before you apply you would need your doctor to state why your knee problems prevent you from doing any kind of substantial work. He would also have to write a paper stating what exactly your abilities are and what you apsolutely can not do. It is not the illness that would give you a case but its the pain and the amount of problems you have with it. I will add my girlfriend years ago applied for SS because of severe arthritis in both her knees.... they turned her down because they said she could have a 'sitting job'. So see you would have to prove that your knees prevent you from even having a job sitting down. It is a very long and rough road applying for SS so just make sure you have all your documentation ready before you apply. This is just a few thoughts from someone who has been through the SS system and got appproved..... Good luck to you ... take -care

 
Old 11-16-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: ??????Osteoarthritis in both knees and social security?????

I am on disability for osteoarthritis. I have it in both hips and spine. I quit work in Jan,07 and applied the first week of Feb,07. I was approved the first time applied with no lawyer in 5 months. That was this summer.
I never mentioned to any of my doctors that I was even thinking of SSDI.
I had a nurse practioner as my only doctor. I was sent by the nurse practioner to an orthopedic surgeon and a rehab center. I was told by the ortho I needed a new hip. The rehab center gave me PT and that did no good. I went to a Rheumy on my own. He gave me pain killers, said to keep up the pt.
I have had X-rays and MRI. When I decided to file for SSDI I called all the doctor offices and got copies of my records, function report, and radiology reports. I never told them why and I was not charged.
When I applied for ssdi I gave copies of everything with my application.
My doctors were never contacted. The only people questioned were the people I told SSDI they could contact. That was my husband and daughter.
My job was 12-16 hours a day on my feet, 4 days a week. It is the only work I have ever done. I was 59 when applied.
So there is hope for all of you.

 
Old 11-16-2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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UPDATE...Hi, I had a appt. with the Orthapedic surgoen today. He looked at my xrays and said I do have some arthritis in both knees. Some arthitis??? Some days I am in so much pain I can barely walk...I can't imagine how its going to be 20 years! Anyway he said that Arthroscopic surgery is out of the question, that it will only make it worse. So is a worth a try to apply for Social Security or not? I am soooo lost. Thanks for listening!

 
Old 11-16-2007, 04:57 PM   #5
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UPDATE...Hi, I had a appt. with the Orthapedic surgoen today. He looked at my xrays and said I do have some arthritis in both knees. Some arthitis??? Some days I am in so much pain I can barely walk...I can't imagine how its going to be 20 years! Anyway he said that Arthroscopic surgery is out of the question, that it will only make it worse. So is a worth a try to apply for Social Security or not? I am soooo lost. Thanks for listening!
Hi,

I would certainly go ahead and get a phone interview with SSA, and start the process. I have rheumatoid arthritis so severe that I was approved on first inital stage. Unfortunatley all the "arthurs" get worse as we age.

 
Old 11-17-2007, 06:05 AM   #6
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If I were you, I would go ahead and start now because the process is long. With that in your knees it will probably never get better I hate to say.

 
Old 11-17-2007, 01:18 PM   #7
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Without a dought go ahead and file for disablity right away.Make sure you stress to your DR the amount of pain the arthritis is causing.Also tell him what limitations you have noticed.Such as trouble bending,standing or sitting to long etc....
The disability process is LONG and FRUSTRATING!
Even if you get denied initially keep going to the Drs.Medical conditions can worsen and also many times more conditions are discovered with time.If you get denied the first time get an attorney.They will help you file for reconsideration,a ALJ hearing and further appeals if necessary.You don't have to pay them unless you win your case.
Are you currently working?MB

 
Old 11-17-2007, 02:33 PM   #8
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I would file now if you are not working. Has you doctor mentioned hyaluronic acid injections? It is recommended for osteoarthritis of the knees. It is not the same as cortisone.

To get SSDI
you must prove to them you cannot do any job, not just the job you do now.

 
Old 11-17-2007, 04:38 PM   #9
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Without a dought go ahead and file for disablity right away.Make sure you stress to your DR the amount of pain the arthritis is causing.Also tell him what limitations you have noticed.Such as trouble bending,standing or sitting to long etc....
The disability process is LONG and FRUSTRATING!
Even if you get denied initially keep going to the Drs.Medical conditions can worsen and also many times more conditions are discovered with time.If you get denied the first time get an attorney.They will help you file for reconsideration,a ALJ hearing and further appeals if necessary.You don't have to pay them unless you win your case.
Are you currently working?MB
Hi, no I'm currently not working. I was working at first the sit down job where I sat the whole shift (8 hours) And thats when I started noticing the pain in my knees. It was horrible! Then I was a cashier...that certainly didn't help! Then I working in the shoe department at a store, I had to go up and down laters,and squat/kneel/walk my whole shift. So I quit that job. I just feel like I'm in a no win situation. The one dr. tells me to get a job...thats easy for him to say since he has no clue how I feel! I can feel my knes hurting now as I type this Well since everyone here seems like I have a chance,I am going to call Allsup Monday, they probably won't represent me now because the dr. basically isn't supporting me, telling me to get a sit down job..LOL! Then I will fill it out myself! Thanks again!

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Old 11-17-2007, 04:45 PM   #10
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I would file now if you are not working. Has you doctor mentioned hyaluronic acid injections? It is recommended for osteoarthritis of the knees. It is not the same as cortisone.

To get SSDI
you must prove to them you cannot do any job, not just the job you do now.
Hi, no the dr. hasn't mentioned hyaluronic acid injections. The orthapedic surgeon just said no further treatment is needed. Just put ice on them at the end of the day...thats a joke, I do that and it makes the area I use the ice on throb! He said do leg excercises` which also doesn't help. And to take naproxen 2 times a day...LOL! So in my terms....suffer and try to deal with the pain.....oh yeh squeeze a job in too! I have had the cotizone shots, that was a waste of money and shots!

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Old 11-27-2007, 09:16 AM   #11
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I READ YOUR POST AND KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT BAD KNEES
I HAVE HAD THIS CONDITION FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS.SOME DAYS IS
WORST THAN OTHERS LIKE TODAY I AM LAYING AROUND FEELING SORRY
FOR MYSELF.I WORK A FEW DAYS A WEEK DOING HOMECARE. I DONT
KNOW IF SITTING OR STANDING IS WORSE.THE ONLY MEDICINE I TAKE
IS ABOUT TWO ADVIL A DAY. AND VITIMINS.EPSON SALTS BATHS. I
REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE DO DO.

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Old 11-27-2007, 06:14 PM   #12
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I READ YOUR POST AND KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT BAD KNEES
I HAVE HAD THIS CONDITION FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS.SOME DAYS IS
WORST THAN OTHERS LIKE TODAY I AM LAYING AROUND FEELING SORRY
FOR MYSELF.I WORK A FEW DAYS A WEEK DOING HOMECARE. I DONT
KNOW IF SITTING OR STANDING IS WORSE.THE ONLY MEDICINE I TAKE
IS ABOUT TWO ADVIL A DAY. AND VITIMINS.EPSON SALTS BATHS. I
REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE DO DO.
I know...my knees hurt everyday!!! And like you said you don't know what is worse standing or sitting. Then my dr. is like well you have to get a sit down job. They have like no clue what kind of pain we go threw!! Taking advil for me is like a big joke. Does nothing for me. I am even taking tyenol 3 2x's a day. That doesn'twork either. Thats why I am confused if I should file for social security. With me being only 32, I probably won't get aprroved. Yet if I get a job, I will be in ALOT more pain.

 
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I have been through 2 neurologists, a neurologist turned pain specialist, 2 psychiatrist (for medicine management), and 2 neuropsychologist. CHANGE your doctor if possible. I live in a very small town and had to get help going 1 1/2 hours away to find doctors that took the time to really evaluate my problems and look at my overall health and abilities. My new docs are all in agreement so HOPEFULLY I will get approved in March at my hearing. Sometimes it is not that we aren't disabled, the doctors just don't get it or do not want the hassle of the paperwork. Good luck to you and definitely keep the process moving!
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