Hi everyone I'm new here, and I glad I found this board. I was wondering if anyone has received disability because they have osteoarthritis. I've been having trouble with my knee for almost 3 months. About 20 yrs ago my dr told me my cartlidge was wearing away, and that at a later years I would be a prime candidate for tkp. Now at 58 the knee problems have started to trouble me. I have pain when I walk, drive, bend, go up or downstairs. My dr has me on ibuprofen, percoset. I can't straiten out my knee, I put a pillow under my leg when I go to bed. I had an mri on the 13th. I was diagnosis with osteoarthritis in April. But now my dr think I may have a torn meniscus.
I'm a in home day care provider, and knee problems can really sideline a person.
My dr told me if I'm in this state next month, that I may need to go and apply for disability. Is this kind of arthritis one that you can get disability for? I have and appointment to apply for medicaid. I was told that after I apply for medicaid, that I would have to apply for disability.
Has anyone here gotten or know anyone that has done this?
I too have osteoarthritis in my 2 knees and hands. I applied in July 05, and was denied in Jan 08 after going to judge for my hearing. I appealed and the appeals council sent it back to her for a remand. She made some mistakes. It is now 2010 and am still waiting for her decision. I am 51 yrs young and have had to quit my 25 year job due to this in 2005. It is a very long and hard battle. But apply and don't give up, they want u to give up. I have since filed a new claim in 2008 when I was denied after almost 3 yrs and won my case on that first try. HOwever I am still waiting on initial claim. Once you have exhausted the ALJ level and been denied only then should you file a new claim.
You will likely have a long struggle ahead if looking for benefits based on Osteoarthritis. If you go to www.ssa.gov there is a section on Disability and it contains some of the guidelines SSA uses in adjudicating claims. Many people here with significant problems (cancer, severe mental illness, MS, etc) have had to wait 2-6 years to get their benefits. They do get back pay back to the date benefits should have begun, but they have to have other sources of income to help them make it through that period (i.e. spouse's income, savings, etc).
I am on employer LTD and must apply for SS. The LTD and my husband's income will hold us over until SS is approved. Once it is I must pay a huge portion back to the LTD carrier (LTD is reduced by whatever is received from SSDI). I've had 5 spinal surgeries with a deteriorating spine and I know it could be a 2-4 year battle.
The SS Administration is looking at all your medical conditions and claims with complex issues (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple joint arthritis with joint deformity, etc) are more likely to be approved. Many people with RA have severe pain and joint dysfunction into the arms/hands/fingers/feet/etc so it's much more invasive than Osteoarthritis.. They look at all the medical information and SSA can only approve a claim if you are unable to do any type of work in any way. I am so sorry to sound negative but applying for SSDI based on osteoarthritis in one joint (or even 2-3 joints), even if it led to knee replacement, is not likely to be approved.
You don't have to share the information, but your age will play into this. The older one is the more likely they are to get SSDI. Also, each year about 3 months before your birthday SS sends out a statement to each person paying into SS. The multi page statement contains information on what you can receive for retirement at various ages (early retirement at age 62, normal retirement age, and late retirement) and also contains information on what you can receive if you are disabled at this time.
If you don't have that form you can request one at www.ssa.gov/mystatement
I did experiment with this and received the statement about 5 weeks after I requested it. They will ask you to estimate your 2010 earnings (and possibly 2009 if they don't have it formally recorded yet).
And, in order to be eligible you must be out of work for 5 full months before applying OR you must have significant earnings reduction due to your disability and this must be below the maximum allowed under SS (if you call SS they may be able to get you this amount).
It may be a better option, if you can, to look for a non-physical job. SS will only pay a portion of your current earnings (if I get SS it will be equal to less than 1/3 of my earnings). With the people skills you have to have to work in day care I bet you can find something in any customer service type field. Just a suggestion.
You may want to see your primary care doctor. Make a list of everything that you think may be of medical concern. If you find you have more medical conditions that may be disabling this can help. I always tell people that when you apply for SS you have to claim for any and all diagnosed medical conditions. Never leave out anything (as long as you've had medical care for it and have a diagnosis).