Obtaining Social Security Disability

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Obtaining Social Security Disability

Postby merlin26 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 3:21 pm

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone heres from Oregon? If not, that's fine too but I was curious to ask all of you how difficult was it to obtain social security disability benefits for yourselves? Oh, and what symptoms did you have at the time and the amount of time it took to go through the application process? Im now approaching a year and a half and still haven't had my time in front of a judge. My attorney states that its extremely difficult now a days to get social security due in part to a certain persons running of our country. However he said that I have a 50 / 50 chance which still isn't great for me. My work disability ends in March and if I dont get Social Security I have no idea what im going to do? Any thoughts, ideas, comments, etc... All welcome.
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Postby jimmylegs » Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:45 pm

sorry i can't help, decided to end my benefits before they ran out and never went on to the long term thing. wish i had anything helpful to offer. love oregon! what little experience i have of it. went to cougar hot springs during a road trip once, beautiful spot.

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http://www.paperadvantage.org/ORS/801.html
801.235 "Disabled person." "Disabled person" means:

(1) A person who has severely limited mobility because of paralysis or the loss of use of some or all of the person’s legs or arms;

(2) A person who is affected by loss of vision or substantial loss of visual acuity or visual field beyond correction; or

(3) A person who has any other disability that prevents the person from walking without the use of an assistive device or that causes the person to be unable to walk more than 200 feet, including but not necessarily limited to:

(a) Chronic heart condition;
(b) Emphysema;
(c) Arthritis;
(d) Rheumatism; or
(e) Ulcerative colitis or related chronic bowel disorder. [1983 c.338 §39; 1985 c.139 §3; 1987 c.296 §1; 1989 c.243 §1]
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Thanks for trying Jimmy

Postby merlin26 » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:28 pm

For me its mainly fatigue. I sleep between 12 - 14 hours a day. I also have problems with memory, concentration, and recent tests have shown that my ability think logically has been compromised. I hate MS im seriously considering going through the high dose of cyclophosphomide therapy and rebooting my immune system. It raises your chances of getting cancer by 60%, infections by another 40%, and possibly death amongst other things but if you survive it I hear you most always achieve remission. That is as long as you havent passed the point in which your body is still able to heal itself somewhat. I.E. PPMS.
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fatigue

Postby jimmylegs » Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:02 pm

wow, merlin, that sounds tough. hard to quantify with a governing body. i'm sorry to bring up my main focus but have you had your blood tested for nutritional deficiencies typically found in ms? even if you are working on other treatments i think getting your bloodwork to match healthy controls, as opposed to ms patient standards, could potentially help your cognitive function.

i know that when i first got sick i couldn't stop sleeping. i used to have big problems getting to sleep at night but suddenly i had problems staying up til bedtime, and slept through things that would have woken me up ijn a second before. once i got determined about nutrition, my ability to last through a day improved. i did not just take things and hope for the best - i measured levels and impacts. i know i had nutritional issues. this is likely not the case for every ms sufferer. but you may find some benefit from evaluating your status with bloodwork and acting accordingly, if necessary.

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Postby amelia » Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:07 am

Gary, my hubby, applied for SS in 1984, bedridden and I had to hold the phone for him to apply over the phone. He was denied in 5 months time. We had a friend who worked years in SS office. She said that about 95% were turned down first time. He got it after reapplication, was up for review in 1986, sent to THEIR DR who advised him to remain on SS and was taken off anyway. At the time we did not know for sure he had MS, LONG, LONG STORY. In 1994, he went blind with ON in LE and was finally definitely dxed as MS. Had to get back on disability and got MORE money because he was blind. Good thing, cause what VERY little he gets is eat up with all the wonderful Medicare benefits you can't do without. Anyway, we have 2 in our group that were up for SS. One got it and one did not. My opinion, if you don't really need it, you can get it quicker. I know many who are NOT disabled that have gotten it quickly, for other things than MS. Keep on trying. It can take a while. The girl still trying in our group has just lost her insurance and is still trying after 2 years. She had a lawyer too.
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Re: Obtaining Social Security Disability

Postby ShootingStar » Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:07 pm

I applied through http://www.allsup.com in June and was approved in November. The money started to arrive in April of the next year, and then Medicare in another 18 months.
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Re: Obtaining Social Security Disability

Postby HappyPoet » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:49 am

Filed by myself (am not a lawyer); approved in two weeks.
Received first check after five-month waiting period.
Gained Medicare eligibility 19 months after approval date.

Tips if you apply yourself:

1. One of your doctors must agree to complete the required form in your favor; otherwise, you will not receive SSDI. I told my primary doctor, who was my most sympathetic doctor, that I had tried my hardest but couldn't work anymore due to all my symptoms and planned to apply for SSDI. Then I asked him if he had any problem with completing the form.

2. Get copies of ALL doctors' notes, and in your application, include copies of as many notes/pages as possible that document symptoms.

3. Because areas of previous lesions are often attacked again in the future, list ALL symptoms you have ever had even if you've had 100% remission of some symptoms:

4. For EVERY symptom listed, DO include wording similar to: "... which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of ..." Seems redundant, is time consuming, and takes lots of space (use margins and/or an additional sheet of paper), but following this format is VERY important for every symptom. Adjectives and verbs like "prevents" and "stops" are also important to use--be specific on how each symptom prevents or stops you from performing specific work duties.

Examples:

"Severe ribcage spasticity prevents me from sitting in a chair which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties on the computer."

"Painful optic neuritis prevents me from looking at bright computer monitors which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of creating spreadsheets."

"Extreme heat intolerance stops me from working outside which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of installing cable lines."

"Extreme leg weakness stops me from walking all day the length of the factory floor which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of carrying supplies."

"Many cognitive difficulties doing math cause me to make many errors which make it impossible for me to perform my work duties of financial analysis."

"Extremely poor memory prevents me from remembering alphanumerical codes which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of creating database reports."

"Extreme flatulence disrupts the work place, and no one will work with me which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties on the team."

"Extreme fatigue causes me to fall asleep at my desk which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties in a timely manner."

"Severe narcolepsy causes me to fall asleep at my work station which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of typing reports."

"Burning [or freezing] pain in my feet stops me from being able to stand and walk which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties in the courtroom."

"Extremely loud bilateral tinnitus prevents me from hearing which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of listening to directions."

"Painful numbness in my fingers prevents me from using a keyboard which makes it impossible for me to perform my work duties of data entry."

Hope this helps.
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