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Old 04-18-2012, 10:02 PM   #1
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Pysical exam

Well I got the letter today saying that I had to go for a physical exam, not sure what they are doing. What do they do for a physical exam when it has to do with your heart? I was just hospitalized for high blood pressure with chest pains last week. I had a echo cardiogram that came back showing that I have a weak heart. My blood pressure at the time of admitting was 190/95.

I have had two heart attacks and three stents put in. High blood pressure, carpal tunnel,and arthritis. I have been a roofer for the past 33 years, and am 52. With a 8th grade education I am not sure what else I can do and my cardiologist says no way.

You would think with all the documentation I have they wouldn't need anything else to make a decision.

 
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Re: Pysical exam

Do you happen to know the ejection fraction percent from your echo?? (I used to work in the LTD field).

 
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I do not know. I have another appointment next week and will ask.

 
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I do not know. I have another appointment next week and will ask.
Did you JUST have the echo done?? I mean since applying?? If so, get those results submitted to SSDI immediately, as that can help your case. If echo is under 30, you would have severe problems working in even a sedentary capacity. If above 30 you still may be considered disabled due to your age and education. I would contact SSA right away and let them know you were hospitalized last week, and you had an echo done. Once they get the records, they MIGHT be able to cancel your physical exam if there is enough for an approval. When I processed LTD claims, the echo was a very good test to show just how your heart is operating, and the test results sometimes could give a claimant a quick approval. Good luck, and please keep us posted!!

 
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Thank you NELADY. I didn't know to ask the numbers for the test but will. What the cardiologist said was that usually a patient has some weakness around the heart where the stents were put in, but my whole heart was generally weak all over. I did call social security today to let them know that I was released from hospital and about test. I got my letter today about the exam.

 
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Thank you NELADY. I didn't know to ask the numbers for the test but will. What the cardiologist said was that usually a patient has some weakness around the heart where the stents were put in, but my whole heart was generally weak all over. I did call social security today to let them know that I was released from hospital and about test. I got my letter today about the exam.
I would assume then that they will order those medical records before they make a decision. If not, then those records could be used as new evidence if denied. I really don't see how they can deny you though. I just looked on the SSA Listing of impairments and an echo of 30% or lower is used as ONE part of a listing for heart failure. So they do look at those results. Sometimes doctors don't tell numbers to patients for stuff like that because if they aren't experienced in it, usually just an explanation is best. But sometimes they do tell people. Is your physical after your next appt?? If so, try to get copies of your records and or echo test results from your doctor to bring to your physical. If they see those, it could only help at your physical I would think!

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Re: Pysical exam

I went for my treadmill test today ( stress test) and they couldn't do it, Blood pressure was 204/110. I am going back Monday to see if they can do it then, I was hoping to do this before they made a decision on my claim.

 
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Re: Pysical exam

The SS exam is based on your specific diagnosis, they are looking to have a doctor see you and write up an exam based on his/her findings.

My exam was so fast it could have made my head spin. I did bring a list of my medications, and although they didn't ask for it I wish I had brought my full list of surgeries (I've had 25). The doctor asked, I verbally answered, and his report was all jumbled. In the end the Consulting Exam with the doctor SS requested didn't help me as on one side of the form he checked "significant physical limitations" and on the other, under "restrictions", he checked "none".

Ejection Fraction is very important, for both SS and LTD (if you have LTD, I too used to work in that field).

If the treadmill test was ordered by SS (or even if by your own doc), and couldn't be done due to sever hypertension, that actually plays in your favor....it shows a level of severity that will indicate significant physical limitations.

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The SS exam is based on your specific diagnosis, they are looking to have a doctor see you and write up an exam based on his/her findings.

My exam was so fast it could have made my head spin. I did bring a list of my medications, and although they didn't ask for it I wish I had brought my full list of surgeries (I've had 25). The doctor asked, I verbally answered, and his report was all jumbled. In the end the Consulting Exam with the doctor SS requested didn't help me as on one side of the form he checked "significant physical limitations" and on the other, under "restrictions", he checked "none".

Ejection Fraction is very important, for both SS and LTD (if you have LTD, I too used to work in that field).

If the treadmill test was ordered by SS (or even if by your own doc), and couldn't be done due to sever hypertension, that actually plays in your favor....it shows a level of severity that will indicate significant physical limitations.

Do you have an SS attorney/advocate?
Even though he could not do a treadmill test will they order a cardio lite test ?

 
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I went for the physical exam and took a list of all mediation's. The exam lasted a whole 20 minutes, Blood pressure was 156/115, the doctor then asked to look at my hands ( carpal tunnel) made me touch my toes and walk down the hallway. He said that was it he was not a cardiologist, and could do no more. I talked to ss yesterday and they said that my claim was being reviewed by a in house doctor and waiting to see if maybe I need more testing. I am hopeful this is good news. Why would they even think about more testing if it was a denial? The disability examiner told me he already made his recommendation but would not tell me what it was.

 
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I am in the same boat.. kinda... I am bipolar with a few more things and I just got out of impatient facility to help with my mess. The day I hot out I had my CE appointment and made it thank the good Lord. The examiner told me I don't have a problem that she cod see I cod not function in an environment with many people at one time for long periods of time. She knew I worried so much she even showed me what she had written. I am a worried and still worried that they will deny me. I was just diagnosed last year but I have YEARS of medical records from family doctors showing me on mess and how often they have to change it and each year it gets worse.

 
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Do you have an SS attorney or SS advocate if applying for SSDi? Do you know. from what you've experienced, if your own treating mental health professionals submitted records to SS for your claim and if so have the treatment professionals relayed to you they support your application for SSDI/SSI? Be sure and tell SS about any and all physical and/or mental conditions that affect you in any way, even if just high blood pressure or history of stomach inflammation due to meds at with treatment records for every diagnosis from every doctor/specialist, etc. My bilateral hearing loss was very helpful in the eventual approval of my SSDI claim 2/2012 retro to 10/2009 {out of work 4/09, applied for SSDI 8/2010. Also have employer Short and Long Term Disability (STD/LTD) benefits} though my primary reasons for claiming SSDI were bilateral knee arthritis, bilateral carpal tunnel, and chronic spinal instability and resulting pain.
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They cannot go by the documentation. They need to see you and examine you to make sure you are as bad off as the documents say. You have to go or you will be denied benifits from SSDI. Be sure to not miss the appointment. Good luck and hugs for today.
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ty.. I went Friday and she sd that I most def could not work with all the mental issues I have with being unstable. I am a good person just very emotional and been on med after med after med for 10 years and I got diagnosed as being schizoaffective (hallucinations along with Bipolar 2). Anyway, I just got out of the hospital last week and then last year I went off on one of my psychiatrist and she wanted to admit me but I didnt go

 
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