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Old 11-25-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Am I Disabled .... Enough!

10 years of Ulcerative Colitis in the 80's, then Total Colectomy and reconstruction, followed by a common form of psuedo-Colitis of the reconstructed bowel for the last 17 years.

On and off Prednisone, Antibiotics, SSRI's, Klonopin, Narcotics, ER Visits, Chronic Pain. I've managed to be self employed for much of the time though a few years ago got a real FT job which became too much to handle. Currently PT but slipping and getting sicker again, fearful I may need to quit. My mental state is a mess and I'm doubled over in pain much of my day, though I do try hard to make it through without help. But..... I'm getting really tired! I'm in my 40's now.

Would I, Could I qualify for Disability?

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Old 11-25-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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Re: Am I Disabled .... Enough!

If it were up to me, I would say yes, but then its not, of course. I'm going through the same thing right now, terrified to stop working but close to just giving up, all you can do is apply and see what they say, I've have heard you can go on welfare in the meantime(whoopie) but then you must pay it back when your disability comes. Good Luck to you whatever you decide. You could call a disability attorney sometimes they give free evaluations of a case. Happy Holidays, a member

 
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Re: Am I Disabled .... Enough!

I would definetly think you would qualify for disability...my sister has been on disability for over 20 years for mental illness...

 
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Re: Am I Disabled .... Enough!

what does your doctor thing? if he or she doesn't feel you are disabled then you have no chance.

 
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Re: Am I Disabled .... Enough!

I suggest seeing a disability attorney. I also wondered if I would qualify with my back problems, so I called an attorney. He gathered all my medical records and after going over them, he told me I did indeed have a strong case. It took 2 1/2 years to get SSDI, but I got it.

Most disability attornies do not charge for a first visit. (I didn't pay a penny until I got my first check.) It might be worth a few phone calls.

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Re: Am I Disabled .... Enough!

Isotope,
You need to make an appointment and get your application filed with SSDI asap. Its a long process,dont wait any longer. They will walk u through,really nice people as they do want to help. As Gayle siad,it takes awhile,remember...its our Govt.! You dont need an attorney to apply,but definatly talk to one that specializes in SSDI. Most dont rep. u until the first denial as my attorny did. I won with him on appeal....Get your app. in.

 
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