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Board: Health Insurance SSDI Issues 08-07-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 611
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Postponed my hearing??????

Thank you! I still haven't heard anything back about a new hearing date or anything else. I go to the mailbox every day crossing my fingers that I will hear something- anything- a new date, or even...
Board: Back Problems 07-27-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By joanne23
Re: How to deal with sciatica

Not a magic bullet by any means, but when the pain gets really bad for me the only thing that helps even a little bit is a hot pack. Have you tried chiropractic? Also the epidurals can help some too,...
Board: Health Insurance SSDI Issues 07-27-2013, 02:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 611
Posted By joanne23
ALJ Postponed my hearing??????

Hi all! It's been quite sometime since I've visited these boards. SS never ceases to amaze me, I swear! Here's what's going on- just looking for thoughts/opinions as to what might be going on here. ...
Board: Disabilities 09-12-2011, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By joanne23
Re: Update since ALJ decision- getting more confused!

Hi Blue- thank you so much for that. Yes, that is what they told me- that me writing a statement or getting another, updated statement from my therapist would do no good at this point and that all...
Board: Disabilities 09-12-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By joanne23
Re: Update since ALJ decision- getting more confused!

Yes, that is correct I cannot file another claim because my date of last insured was 12/09. My actual onset date is 3/08 however I was told that if I were to file a second claim that I would have to...
Board: Disabilities 09-12-2011, 04:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By joanne23
Re: Update since ALJ decision- getting more confused!

Thanks Blueskies- I'm working on it. Allegedly someone from their office was supposed to call me back by the end of the day today but being as it's already 4:30p here, I don't see that happening in...
Board: Disabilities 09-12-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By joanne23
Re: Update since ALJ decision- getting more confused!

I agree that I chose a really bad lawyer. His qualifications seemed great and SS is his only focus. I think that maybe his firm has become too big and he is getting too arrogant. I have copied and...
Board: Disabilities 09-12-2011, 04:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By joanne23
Re: Update since ALJ decision- getting more confused!

jgrangran- Thank you so much for responding to my post. You have been very supportive throughout this whole ordeal for me.

mscat- Thanks for your encouragement too!


I had mentioned to the...
Board: Disabilities 09-12-2011, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By joanne23
Update since ALJ decision- getting more confused!

As you all know I received my denial from the ALJ hearing on the Friday before Labor Day. It wasn't until Thursday of this past week that I finally got a hold of someone at my lawyers office. It's...
Board: Disabilities 09-10-2011, 05:50 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

They haven't been watching me as there is nothing to watch. If they were watching me it probably would have worked in my favor as they would have seen first hand that 90% of the time I leave my house...
Board: Disabilities 09-08-2011, 07:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,824
Posted By joanne23
Re: Fibromyalgia, depression, arthritis and bulging disc

I don't mean to sound discouraging but even with a CE exam stating that you cannot work, they may not listen. I had a CE exam with the SS psychologist last year who stated specifically in his report...
Board: Disabilities 09-04-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

Thank you sickofpain2 and everyone else for all of this helpful advice that you are providing me with. I don't know how I'd be making it through this long holiday weekend without your words of...
Board: Disabilities 09-04-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

I could be wrong but I thought that I read a post on here where they were saying that if you re-file that you have to use the date that you were denied by the ALJ judge or something like that. I know...
Board: Disabilities 09-04-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

If your judge has had your file for a few months that might mean that he is actually doing his job and reading it. My judge had the hearing on the afternoon of the 24th and the denial letter was...
Board: Disabilities 09-03-2011, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,805
Posted By joanne23
Re: award letter

Congrats! Hope that I can say the same one day! Time to take a huge sigh of relief!
Board: Disabilities 09-03-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

@jgrangran I will be sure to keep you all posted. I think I have a lot of work ahead of me next week!

@Blueskies I have heard a lot of good things about Allsup. I wonder if they would help me now...
Board: Disabilities 09-03-2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

Thanks again everyone. Your support helps so much. I wish that I had been able to get another lawyer from the get go, but when choosing a lawyer from the start I really didn't want to get involved...
Board: Disabilities 09-03-2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

Thank you all so much for your support and kind words. It helps to know that there are others out there who understand what I am going through. I feel so defeated and hopeless right now. It's bad...
Board: Disabilities 09-03-2011, 12:53 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

Another thing that I remember from the hearing- we got on the subject of "normal" things that I can and cannot do and I distinctly remember saying that "I can't even go and get a haircut like a...
Board: Disabilities 09-02-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

Oh, also if I understood my lawyer correctly I cannot start a new claim because my benefits ended in 12/09 or something to that effect. I'm not sure I understand it totally but there was some sort of...
Board: Disabilities 09-02-2011, 10:25 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

The judge had all of my therapy records which I had access to before the hearing. What I think happened is that he did nothing more than skim my records and pick out little things from like one day...
Board: Disabilities 09-02-2011, 05:59 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
Re: ALJ Hearing Decision Received

I have no idea what to do now. My lawyer was a total jerk. Before we went into the hearing he told me that he wouldn't handle appeals if we didn't win this. Of course it's Friday and they are closed,...
Board: Disabilities 09-02-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 24,016
Posted By joanne23
ALJ Hearing Decision Received

So, it was just over a week ago, last Weds. that I had my hearing. If you are able to find my other posts you can read about how *well* that went. Today, of course after 5pm I checked my mail to find...
Board: Disabilities 08-25-2011, 10:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,848
Posted By joanne23
Re: Had my ALJ Hearing Today

Of course I am totally obsessing about this right now, so I consulted another attorney just for an opinion. I really wanted to know if they could try to say that I could work from home and if what...
Board: Disabilities 08-24-2011, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
Posted By joanne23
Re: Direct Deposit Question

Thank you. I will try to call them tomorrow.
Board: Disabilities 08-24-2011, 09:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
Posted By joanne23
Direct Deposit Question

As you may have read from my other post today, I had my ALJ hearing today (disaster) but I was thinking....on the off chance that I do get approved, when I first applied for SS 2 years ago I had a...
Board: Disabilities 08-24-2011, 06:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,848
Posted By joanne23
Re: Had my ALJ Hearing Today

The judge made some mention about the fact that I used to work in an accounting dept. like implying that I could do accounting from home, but there is no way that I would be able to have the...
Board: Disabilities 08-24-2011, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,848
Posted By joanne23
Re: Had my ALJ Hearing Today

The other thing that I was wondering was, when my lawyer told me that they might say that I could work from home. I've never heard of SS implying that someone could work from home. I mean in theory...
Board: Disabilities 08-24-2011, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,848
Posted By joanne23
Re: Had my ALJ Hearing Today

The vocational expert did not make any mention of jobs that he thought I could do. The only two times that he spoke were when he made the comment about my dogs and when he made the comment about how...
Board: Disabilities 08-24-2011, 05:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,848
Posted By joanne23
Had my ALJ Hearing Today

I'm not quite sure what to think of it. My case is based on the following

Anxiety with agoraphobia and Panic Attacks
PTSD
Depression
Eating Disorder
OCD
Constant neck and back problems from...
Board: Health Insurance SSDI Issues 07-15-2011, 09:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,971
Posted By joanne23
Who's already had an ALJ Hearing?

If you've already had your ALJ hearing did you have an attorney represent you?

If so, do you feel that it was worth it? What did he or she do that you don't think that you could have done...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

mscat40
Thank you for your advice and kind words.
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

Yes my psychologist is 100% supportive as was Social Security's. One of the many comments that Social Security's psychologist put into his report was the following:

"Based on the claimant's...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

I've been considering it all day since I spoke with him. I read though that SS attorneys are often reluctant to take a case that another lawyer has started because of the fee agreements and they...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 05:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

My major is Social Science Studies which is the only online degree offered at my college. I have taken some courses in anthropology, sociology, and ironically, psychology. I just started last Fall on...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 05:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

I take about 3 online classes at a time. I can only work on it for about 1/2 hour at a time and then I take a break for several hours. I am also registered at my school with the Disability Resource...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

It's not a fear of swallowing a pill- I can do that. The best way that I can explain it and what I have learned from working with my therapist is that the anxiety that I suffer is all about control-...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 03:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
Re: So Upset Right Now

Thank you all for responding and taking the time to read my really long post. I understand that he was trying to prepare me for the questions that the judge might ask and I know that it looks bad...
Board: Disabilities 07-15-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,867
Posted By joanne23
So Upset Right Now

I applied for SS in Sept of 09. After the 1st denial I got a lawyer. I never actually met with the lawyer, only the assistants. Everything seemed fine. They were on top of getting medical records and...
Board: Disabilities 09-21-2010, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,079
Posted By joanne23
Re: Received Second Denial- Getting Scared

Thank you all for the encouragement. I will be sure to check in and let you all know how it's going. Of course I know I've got quite a wait ahead of me as my attorney said that hearings are taking...
Board: Disabilities 09-20-2010, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,079
Posted By joanne23
Re: Received Second Denial- Getting Scared

Thank you so much. Glad to hear that I am not the only one who has these problems. I talked to my attorney a little bit ago and they told me that this is par for the course. The denial letter came...
Board: Disabilities 09-19-2010, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,079
Posted By joanne23
Received Second Denial- Getting Scared

I know that they say most people get denied twice and then get approved at their hearing, so I was really expecting to get denied at the reconsideration level although getting the actual letter in...
Board: Disabilities 02-27-2010, 11:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,152
Posted By joanne23
Re: Has anyone applied for SSI/Disability due to severe anxiety?

Thanks for your response. What is a GAF?
Board: Disabilities 02-27-2010, 02:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,152
Posted By joanne23
Re: Has anyone applied for SSI/Disability due to severe anxiety?

Thank you for your response. I'm not sure why they are sending me to their doctor. I've been seeing my general doctor about this for 2 years and I've been going to a psychologist once weekly for over...
Board: Disabilities 02-26-2010, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,152
Posted By joanne23
Has anyone applied for SSI/Disability due to severe anxiety?

Hi there,
I'm new to this forum. I've been suffering from severe anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia for over 2 years now. I have applied for Social security because I cannot hold down a job...
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