Has any1 ever went through the whole process and denied at hearing and decided to file a new claim in stead of appealing to the appeal council? Well thats what I had 2 do...Im at the reconsideration stage...hoping i dont have to have a hearing this time. I see a pain management clinic for my failed 9 lv fusion...my ortho that did my surgery said theres nothing else he could do...so now ive also develop severe depression symptoms and a see pych doc every month and a therapist every week...at this point thats all my treatment...is there anything else i could do to help me when at this stage??? Im waiting on a decision at the recon stage now...me and my attorney just filed that appeal a few weeks ago...Any helpful comments will be apprecitive.
The following 2 users give hugs of support to: 9 lv spinal fus NElady (04-15-2012), sunni123 (04-15-2012)
I really don't know what else you could do. I'm still in awe that you've been denied this many times with having a failed 9 level fusion. Which part of your spine is fused? Lumbar, cervical?? Sounds like most of your spine is fused so I don't know how they think you could work even in a sedentary capacity. Sorry I dont have much advice to offer, only my support!! Hang in there!!!
I also hope you dont have to have a hearing this time and are approved @ reconsideration, 9 lv spinal fus. I am with NELady, medically, you are doing everything possible I think. Just keep going to your doctors for treatment.
Before you get to (another) hearing... get all your medical records from everyone.. past and present that had anything to do with your claims. Go over them with a fine tooth comb. Make sure what they told you is EXACTLY what they wrote down. If they said something different, then get back to them to correct it. If they left something out, have them correct it. Even down to medicine you took then and now. PT then and now and how it did or did not effect your in a neg or pos way.
Your complete medical records should paint the perfect picture and connect all the dots for SSD; If they don't then you need to get every one of those blanks filled in. Your GP can maybe do this. But find a doctor you've gone to that on your side and knows your health inside and out. (It was my GP who pretty much had taken care of me thru all the years of all these other specialists.)
You're atty can look at your records all day long but he hasn't lived in your body and wasn't there for all those appts nor did he hear everything those doctors said -- ONLY YOU know that part.
Thats the best advise I can give.
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Ouch!! I've had herniations at the thoracic and lumbar areas, and to me personally, the thoracic area is much more painful!! I think you are doing all you can medically!! Going over your med records with a fine toothed comb as suggested is a good idea if you haven't already done so. I think she pointed out in another post that sometimes your med records don't match up with what you know to personally be true. If denied at this level, I would push attorney to try to get you an on the record approval!! Good luck!! And keep us posted!!