Originally Posted by Debslol
Hi all I got my first cdr and it was the short form. I was eager to get it in the mail so I filled it out and added comments to include my worsening condition. Well then I wrote out a page as well to include my falling and dizziness issues. From what I have read (hindsight) I should have kept it simple and not added comments. I am so wracked up and nervous now that this is going to cause a full blown cdr and I can't go through that again! I have a hard enough time keeping up with my medical stuff! Did I mess up....will this throw it out and create a full blown cdr.
I'm not on disability, but I've helped my dad through the process a couple of times (he's, well, kind of histrionic about his health.) When my dad first applied, his SSID disability case worker was AWESOME. She told us exactly what she needed and was super helpful explaining the process. Some of this what she told me, some is my/my dad's experience with the process.
Be honest. When it comes to things like chronic pain, fatigue, etc, the case worker needs to be able to trust what you say. If you're being treated for new stuff, write something like "I'm being treated for XYZ, but my primary disability is still ABC." Don't hide what your diagnoses are, they'll show up in your records anyway, and I think it just makes you look bad.
Not sure what you mean by full blown CDR? In initial claims, theyre looking to see if you fit their definition of disability, it was on my dad to prove he fit. On CDR, the onus is on SSA is to prove you've improved medically. As far as I know, every CDR is the same.
In my dad's case, he was still being treated for back/shoulder/hip pain, plus he's developed heart problems. It was a lot easier than the first time around. They didn't care much about his heart, just wanted to see that he was still being treated for the same pain problems and was functioning the same way. It didn't take nearly as long, and they didn't need my dad to do much of anything. He's had three CDRs now, and it's been the same every time.
Wow, didn't mean to write a book. Sorry.
I wouldn't worry too much. Just fill out the stuff they send you.