I have had chronic back/leg pain for 4 years, after I took a 20 foot fall off of a ladder. My trouble is at l4-l5, s1 + during the fall I screwed up both si joints. I have tried *everything*: Various cortisone shots, ESI's, phys therapy was waaaay too painful to even go there. I've been on everything from the Patch,morphine, methadone, neurontin, etc. I currently only take Vicodin 3x's a day and a Xanax at night (it seems to relieve some of the terrible hip/leg pain I get at night).
Dr. has done x ray's, 2 mri's (I have a 3rd on order), a discogram. I saw a surgeon who x'd out an ADR b/c the pain relief b/c of my SI joints would probably only be 60%. I'm only 37 w/ two kiddo's & a DH.
So, it's been over a year since I applied for SSD, waiting on my hearing.
The funny thing is that I was denied the first go 'round & then when I appealed was immediately placed inthe line for a hearing-wasn't i supposed to get another chance b4 a hearing? The hearing process can take a YEAR! I am losing all my savings just paing bills.
Try to hang in there as best you can....If you've got good medical documentation and a good supporting Doc, then all will be ok. It just may take a while, but you do get all your back pay.
Because of your young age, they are waiting to make sure you don't improve....Once approved, it's usually a payout for life, so SS has a strategy of making applicants wait. It also forces many to go to work for financial reasons. If you can hold out, you will win.
I had the same problem when I applied...I was about your age, and it took 1.5 years....My advocate keep telling me not to worry that we would win, and he was right. I won at the hearing stage where a judge seemed peeved that it got that far....Almost like we were all wasting his time because my case was a no brainer. Again, I'm a firm believer it was due to my age.
Hi Ex & thx for answering. You are so on the money, I am sure it's my age. Also, the part of the denial that irked me the most was SS stated that b/c of my *education* they were sure that I could find *some way* to support myself. So if I were not educated they would have approved me straight away? It is almost educational discrimination, KWIM? I "want" to work, I want to be able to pay all my bills on time & go shopping, I just can't!
It is getting VERY hard to meet our financial needs, we own a painting company (where I fell) and since I can't go work w/ DH it has cut our progress down considerably, even with employees. Literally, I can't stand or sit for very long w/out reprocussions, it really is frustrating!
Did you have representation from an attorney? I am torn, I almost want to go into the hearing and say "Hey, I don't have an atty b/c I am here to tell the truth & don't need legal rep to do so". Everyone I speak to, incl. my Doc. say's to get an atty. Also, in my area there aren't many - no one will return phone calls, not a good first impression.
Again, thanks for all your help, this is a long roller coaster.
Last edited by Vuitton70; 11-01-2008 at 11:48 AM.
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I didn't have a lawyer and I won my case. I've tried since 2002. I was denied twice and was also told there was 'something' I could do to earn a living. And I too can't sit or stand for any length of time w/o being in severe pain. Even laying down hurts.
I know what you mean about the money. If not for my g/f's small VA pension, I don't know what I would have done.
Do what you have to to stick it out, if possible. I have a strong feeling it will work out for you :-).