Originally Posted by tiresome
Hello, I have applied for SSDI because of my Complex Partial Epilepsy, cervical fusion of C5-6 with bulging disc and arthritis in C6-7, and Major Depression (2 suicide atempts and a 9 day hospitalization for suicidal thoughts).
I was just wondering if any of you have applied for and are receiving SSI or SSDI, and if so how you went about proving your case and for what type of epilepsy. I applied in April of 2004 and am at the request for hearing stage.
I really don't understand why I have been denied twice when I meet the criteria for Complex Partials. I have more than one a week (more than one in a day and as many as 20 or more a week) I take my meds even though they seem to make everything worse. I have had eyesite problems from the one I took previously.
you really have to fight to get approved for epilepsy. Log books of your seizures help to show a history/log of your seizures. Medication changes and no improvement in seizure control also help prove you qualify, Dr statements medical papers over the time frame you are applying helps. Any ER visits for seizures (the ER papers) etc...
It took me 2 YEARS and my first court room appeal to be approved. Paper appeals do almost NOTHING but shuffle the stack of papers to another person at SocSec to look over.
Being infront of a judge HELPS A LOT. Even if that first court appeal fails; you still have ONE LAST appeal (courtroom) before you need to file a new application (if still denied) with SocSec based on a new date of disability (when the disability started).
Best of luck getting on. I know the battle very well myself.