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Old 10-22-2011, 08:59 AM   #1
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My reasons for applying... need advice

Hi, I'm 53 and I was diagnosed in 2009 with rheumatoid arthritis - 2000 diagnosed with Scleritis (had aggressive treatment of oral steroids which did not work and finally injected which stopped the pain…did have damage to the right eye) - Hashimoto's (thyroid nodule) dx in 2009 - ADHD 2006 - 1970 depression / social anxiety. 3 ER visits due to pain from diverticulosis (not diverticulitis but doctor thinks pain is from severe irritable bowel but I'm not dx with IBS) MRI shows herniated disc and problems with facet joints and waiting for MRI of neck and hips....daily severe (severe!!) pain from neck, shoulders, back, hips, all joints (minimal inflammation of the joints) horrible fatigue and all of this since 1999 after becoming ill with Legionnaires' virus. TMJ and Tinnitus and Vertigo . It's a beautiful day and as usual, I'm inside and spending most of my time in bed....I'm on methotrexate (but 1/2 dose due to high liver function) and Humira (which scares the crap out of me because of the Cancer risk). Just had my annual ultrasound of my thyroid nodule and unfortunately it's doubled in size from last year and it's hypervascular and I can't stop thinking if the Humira may have caused the change.

I've been turned down twice and just submitted a request for a hearing through an attorney. Any advice or should I plan on giving up? I left my job of 20 + years in March 2011 because I felt like I would just die working and had no quality of life at all. I am seeing a therapist (I'm also on 60 mg of Prozac for the past 25 + years) and the first thing out of my mouth to her is "I feel soooo guilty applying for SSD" plus I had so many plans for work, my great retirement (which I had to give up) and finish college.

Thank you!!!! Thank you for listening to my rambling

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Re: My reasons for applying...need advice

No don't give up! Most people are turned down a couple times before an approval. Keep going as long as you can , I know that is hard but you deserve your SSDI . Make sure your Attorney has all your medical records and you have copies. I know how hard it is to be approved, but you have come this far, so try really hard not to stop .

 
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:44 PM   #3
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Re: My reasons for applying...need advice

Definitely stay with it. I have been denied twice. I have been waiting over a year already and i have been told it will be even longer. I used to work for halliburton. I had to walk away, or in my case limp away from the best job i ever had, i am just waiting for my hearing. The hearing level has the highest level of approval. Just make sure you have a good attorney and file your appeal immediately. Do not wait. I will pray you get an answer really quick

 
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Old 10-22-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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Dont ever give up !!

 
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I agree with Mscat and Ferd. They withdrew FICA taxes from your paycheck for this government administered long term disability insurance called SSDI. If you become disabled, you have every right to file a claim and receive benefits. It is frustrating like Mscat said but keep appealing until you obtain benefits. You have paid for this disability coverage. The same thing applies to LTDI through private for profit companies.

 
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Please do not give up! They denied me five times, over 2 1/2 years, before I was finally approved. Hang in there and keep trying.

 
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I agree you can't give up . You have to keep fighting because to me just my opinion you have no choice because you can't work you will I think get approved its a matter of when. Hang in there It sometimes takes people lots of presistance but it will pay off. Hang in there . My prayers are with you.

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:10 AM   #8
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working on hard on not giving up, but I never realized how upset I would be when I found out the 2nd time that I was turned down.

Would you say that my reasons for not being able to work are not enough to apply? I just can't imagine

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working on hard on not giving up, but I never realized how upset I would be when I found out the 2nd time that I was turned down.

Would you say that my reasons for not being able to work are not enough to apply? I just can't imagine

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I felt the exact same way that you did Pearl when you receive those almost generic SSA denial letters. I think we all do actually but you must appeal any adverse initial decisions and keep going forward. Don't give up on your claim. The process can be really frustrating and stressful. It actually causes whatever illness you have to become worse IMO because of this added stress. I went out also Pearl after over 20 years of working.I made numerous UWA's (unsuccessful work attempts) but I just could not work any longer despite trying will all my might. You will get approved. Just hang in there and get that ALJ hearing.

 
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I felt the exact same way that you did Pearl when you receive those almost generic SSA denial letters. I think we all do actually but you must appeal any adverse initial decisions and keep going forward. Don't give up on your claim. The process can be really frustrating and stressful. It actually causes whatever illness you have to become worse IMO because of this added stress. I went out also Pearl after over 20 years of working.I made numerous UWA's (unsuccessful work attempts) but I just could not work any longer despite trying will all my might. You will get approved. Just hang in there and get that ALJ hearing.
Pearl Hang in there. It can be a long hard battle, i was a rare case it took me a long time 6 years of denials and appeals 3 ALJ hearings I finally won. I am not a big fan of SS, i think how they treat people is wrong. Just play there game, have a good lawyer and jump through all there hoops, you will win

 
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working on hard on not giving up, but I never realized how upset I would be when I found out the 2nd time that I was turned down.

Would you say that my reasons for not being able to work are not enough to apply? I just can't imagine

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Your reasons for applying are good enough , try not to second guess yourself. I think social security wants people to give up and sends the message loud and clear by the deniels. They do not make the process easy and sometimes it seems they will fight you all the way. By continuing your claim your telling them you are NOT going to stop and your conditions are severe enough that keeps you fron working a SGA

 
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Your reasons for applying are good enough , try not to second guess yourself. I think social security wants people to give up and sends the message loud and clear by the deniels. They do not make the process easy and sometimes it seems they will fight you all the way. By continuing your claim your telling them you are NOT going to stop and your conditions are severe enough that keeps you fron working a SGA
I fully agree. Just like when someone gets a ticket. You fight it and fight it and then go to court and the officer doesnt show up because they werent expecting you to fight it. I have seen this happen many times. Just keep fighting it will all work out in the end. The longer they take the more back pay you get.

 
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Your reasons for applying are good enough , try not to second guess yourself. I think social security wants people to give up and sends the message loud and clear by the deniels. They do not make the process easy and sometimes it seems they will fight you all the way. By continuing your claim your telling them you are NOT going to stop and your conditions are severe enough that keeps you fron working a SGA
Excellent! I could not have said it any better Mscat. I agree with what you said fully. They want people to just give up and go away. As far I am I concerned, this is longterm disability insurance that you paid the government for. If you become disabled, then you are entitled to disability benefits.

 
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pearl240, You can't work anyway then you need to keep fighting. They are banking on you to drop it . it kind of weeds out the ones that give up and work but in the process it makes the rest have such heartache and dispaire. They sent those generic letters to everyone the lawyer's paralegal told me the person before me she was helping died before he got his disability you have to fight for it but in the end you will win why give them what is suppose to be for yours.

 
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Re: My reasons for applying... need advice

I've been out of work since 4/2009, via attorney applied for SSDI in 08/2010, denied 12/2010, via attorney appealed (reconsideration) 01/2011, recon denied 06/2011, via attorney requested ALJ Hearing with SS 07/2011 which we have been told will occur in 8-16 months (attorney just checked and was told no estimated date could be given)

So as you can see this process takes a long time. I'm lucky to have Long Term Disability from my employer so I'm getting that currently which helps financially.
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