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Old 10-05-2011, 08:15 AM   #1
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Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

Hello,

I have had sinus infections and infections in my lungs (yellow flem) on and off for years now. I am almost 50 years old. I have a constant low grade infection, and feverish. When there are temperature changes from hot to cold, or I have cold vents blowing on me; I get sick easily. Breathing in cold air causes me to cough (like breathing smoke). My lower lungs get tight and I get short of breath and start to develop fluid in my lower lungs that I cannot cough up. I get sick about 3-4 times a year and the symptoms last for about 3 weeks; I get better, then worse again with more antibiotics. I go through at least 2 bottles of antibiotics. The issue has gotten worse over the years. Plus, I feel lite headed, cannot think clearly, very tired; feverish, night sweating.
This issue is affecting my job performance and I am cutting way back on activities at home or with friends. To tired to go out of house.
I am wondering if I could draw on long term disability. I am having a hard time keeping up at work, and work with computers in a cold drafty environment. Plus I am periodically in pain with my right arm/shoulder due to arthritis in my neck. Been to chiropractor, but symptoms returned.
Lastly, this has a profound affect on my clinical depression. I am very sad, feel alone and don't know what to do. If I am eligible for disability through work, I would like to take it, but don't know if doctor would write note or how to go about it. Please help!! Thank you.

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:57 PM   #2
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Re: Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

Well, I would talk to your doctor about it because Disability is hard to get on. If your symptoms are that bad, then I would try exhausting all possible resources before resorting to disability; try out new medications and stretches for your shoulder, arm and neck. If you've already tried all these and you feel like it's impossible for your to continue working, then I'd go see your doctor and go from there. Good luck! I hope everything works out for the best

 
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Re: Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

Rather than trying to get disability, I would recommend that you focus on getting better so you can enjoy life.

You mention having seen a chiropractor but have you seen a pulmonologist, an allergist or Ear, Nose & Throat specialist? I would recommend that you at least see a pulmonologist to get help with your asthma and see what he/she recommends in terms of seeing other doctors to help address your symptoms.

 
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Re: Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

Definitely see a good pulmonologist and possibly ENT. Infections can almost always be treated. If you need to take a leave from work for a week or even a couple weeks so you can recover, then do that. Your doctor almost certainly would write that note. Long-term disability requires a lot more paperwork.

Maybe you need a culture to find the best antibiotic to treat your infection.

 
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Have your main DR. refer you to specialists who can treat your conditions better. you would feel so much better and get some relief.

 
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Re: Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

When you apply for Social Security Disability, you have to prove to them that you will not be able to do ANY kind of work for at least the next 2 years and even longer. That means no kind of work, at all.

And 70% of those who apply are rejected(and have to go through a lawyer) and the average time to get approved is 3 years.

It's easier and faster to go see a good lung and/or sinus doc and get some proper treatment. Depression can be treated too as can neck problems. Disability is very hard to get when you have problems that are considered "treatable". Means you might get well...and that means no SSDI. When a disorder or injury is permanent, then disability is much easier to get.

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Re: Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

JennyByC,

Thank you for your reply and help.

I was referring to my disability insurance through work; not to applying for SSDI.

I have already been to about 3 lung doctors; they have given me steriod spray, inhalers, peak flow meter tests/eval. The dr. I see now states I have intrinsic asthma.
I get tightness and shortness of breath when I breathe in cold air, under vents, or changes in seasons (summer to fall)
I have been to ENT doctors, have sinusitus, rhinitus, and he stated I had a CONSTANT low grade infection that flares up regularly. No wonder I feel tired all the time. Then I had sinus surgery, which actually made the issue worse because I am sick for weeks, and used to be for only days. (I had six days off from work recently, and most of the time I slept) During this time off, I had to cancel plans with friends; I did not have enough energy to go out of the house and very tired.

This illness happens about 3-4 times a year, and, last for 2, 3, or more weeks. That is alot of time to be sick. I am afraid to call out at work except for no more than two days because fear of being fired.
I have tried EVERYTHING I or doctors can think of, and I am not getting well, but worse.
Can you image how frustrating this is? I have had this for years, since 1994, and as far as I am concerned, I am never going to be well. I am already falling behind on my job...

Has anyone had experiences with this kind of health problem that take up so time away from your day to day life? Has anyone applied for disability through their coverage at work? if so, what was your experience please?

thank you all for your posts.

 
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Re: Eligible for Disability: Asthma/Sinusitus/Low grade infection

I know of two programs through work, short term disability and long term disability. The long term disability will eventually have you apply for social security benefits. Why can't you apply for SSDI? To me your condition sounds serious enough for you to qualify. Getting sick 3-4 times a year and being out of work 2-3 more weeks is a lot. You state that you have had this for years 1994. However, your able to work despite suffering so much. If your condition has become worse through out the years despite treatment i think you may be eligble for SSDI.

 
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Well, document everything. All your doctor visits, how many times a year you get sick, etc.

Check your company's benefits, find out what you are entitled to. It will probably be less than your full salary.

Further, if you are on disability, it's expected that you won't do much. In fact, if you are caught going out and a lot, or participating in sports, you could get in trouble. So if it's an intermittent thing, be careful.

It may be time to talk to an employment lawyer, if medical options are exhausted.

 
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