Re: 1st initial application....did this help?
Well, I went to my initial meeting armed w/all of my medical records--I, too, was completely prepared and I had been out of work for over a year. It only took them a few weeks to deny my application. Guess they weren't too backlogged! They claimed, in their letter, that due to my age (45) level of education (college graduate) work history and medical records, my condition wasn't severe enough to warrant disability.
What's pathetic is they didn't even contact the neurologist I saw for the first year into my 'disease.' Needless to say, I got a lawyer and we're appealing.
Lawyers can be of big help in this process...keep that in mind. Best of luck to you!