Re: Attorney Question
I don't have much to comment on but it breaks my heart that folks are jilted by their own attorneys. I often think much of this is related to the limited amount of money they are allowed to recieve. Years ago they could charge anything, now they are limited to 25% or some 5k max unless you go to court. Always be sure you use an attorney who specializes in Social Security. Get referances as well. If you know anyone on SS ask who they used, how they liked them, how it went.
Many have written to their congressman when situations like this arise and it has made a difference, for the both of you, I suggest you do the same! Don't give up.
The one specific thing that does make a difference is how your doctor notates anything they have done to you. The more specific, the more details, the better luck you have. I can't stress this enough. When you can, always demand a copy of your records that are forwarded, you are allowed, by law, to have copies for your own personal use. Sometimes the problems isn't you or your lawyer or the system, it can be the doctor. I had a doctor tell me once that women shouldn't be on disability. Lets just say I don't go to him anymore. In fact his records were so poor I had to see SS's doctor who, lucky for me, was actually a fantastic doctor who understood my illnesses/diseases and indicated the "other" doctor was a bit out of line.
No matter how great your illness or pain, there's always someone else who may be worse off.