Originally Posted by sadieho
The boss just informed me that I should be thinking about SS disability-- I am 52, had to take time off because of the pain, numbness in right side along with constant head ache & other aches & pains. I just needed some time off - now I don't have a job! I don't know anything about disability, just don't think I would qualify. I am becoming a whiney old woman! Any suggestions??? any one????
Go to [url]http://www.ssa.gov/disability.html[/url], which will give you basic information on what to do. If you do this process, don't be surprised if you are rejected. Approximately 40% of the claims are rejected the first time. If you keep appealing your chances improve, but it takes time and it is a good idea to have an attorney.
My mother was on SS disability as the result of arthritis in her cervical spine. She was 58 when she started receiving SS disability benefits back in 1981.
She had arthritis in here C5-C7 vertebrae which resulted in pinched nerve roots leading to her left arm causing pain, numbness and weakness. I don't know if she had cervical spinal stenosis or not.
As I recall, she started the application for SS disability in 1979. The first application she was rejected. She appealed, and was rejected again. She had to finally had to go in front of a federal administrative law judge who accepted the disability claim. She then received two years of back benefits from the date she originally applied. I also got some money too, since I was a dependent child, which I used to pay for college for the first year.
Now that I am in my 40's, I'm having similar problems to what my mother had. Fortunately, I have short-term and long-term disability insurance through my work as a part of my benefits package, and there is surgery available now which can correct the problem, which back in the 70's was not available. I sure don't want to go through what my mother had to go through to get SS disability.
Anyway, hope this helps. Good luck!