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  • Social Security-Disability-Medicare

    28 posts, 16 voices, 1354 views, started Sep 17, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 by Mayra Braselton

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    • Amethyst
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      I have to bring up this point up because I have had so much difficulty working with these, so called, pubic aide services.  I have had nothing but grief with regard to my disabiity and they simply don’t care.  They state that my 3 ruptured discs are not serious enough to keep me from working a minimum of 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. Let’s not focus on the fact that I can’t sit, or stand longer than 10 minutes.  I have to sit on a heating pad when I do, and I am unable to walk around the block without having to rest for the rest of the day.

      I also found out that the people that determine your disability are not even medically trained accept for a day long orientation and flssh card to respond to certain questions while on the phone with a cliet.  

      Needless to say, I am in disgust mode with regard to those businesses.  What point is it to pay into something that is going broke, and that hope you will just give up and die. Can you tell I’m a bit peeved???



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          Victor Igumnov wrote Sep 17, 2008
        • Just, curious surgery won’t work in your case? I had a herniated disk that put pressure on my sciatic nerve. I was in the same shoes as you are now, where I was unable to do anything due to major pain. One operation and I was fully functional again.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 18, 2008
        • Mayra, I sympathize with you and understand how frustrating this is for you.  I wanted to share one thing with you that was very successful for my mother and my cousin who both have fibromyalgia.  Both hired attorneys to assist them in applying for and receiving SSI disability.  It took about one year, but both of them did get approved for disability.  The truth of the matter is that most individuals get denied over and over for SSI disability, unless they have an attorney.  My mom was broke and not working so I know that it was a complete struggle for her to hire an attorney.  However, I am pretty sure that the attorney did not collect any money, until my mother was approved of the disability.  She was able to receive back pay for the entire year that she waited.  It truly did pay off and so I wanted to share this with you to give you some hope.  Be persistent and don’t give up!



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          Heather Mirassou wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • Glamour Girl couldn’t be more right!  I have been fighting for disability for over two years. Even people with cancer are not getting approved.  I do have an attorney - by law they can get no more than $5,500 in California.  If you don’t win, you don’t have to pay.  If you win, the cap is $5500.00.  It is a must that you get an attorney.

          Also, do not leave it up to the attorney or disability to get all your physician info.  This is the patient’s responsibility, if it is not done in-depth and all physicians that can help your cases - you will be denied again.

          I was recently approved for a hearing after two years. Just to get a date takes 6-12 months.  They will owe me close to $70,000. by the time I get approved from judge, if I get approved. I have had several ailments/disabilities for 25 years.  I pray, pray, pray.



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          Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • We have a system that is in dire need of revamping.  I’m not  discounting any of you with your medical problems, but until the system is revamped....nothing is going to get better.  Our population has grown...we are supporting people who are not even citizens of this country....and we are supporting people who make having children an occupation to receive more “free” money...but not “free” to us.  Therefore...if we are supporting all of these other people who are perfectly able to work (but don’t because they are lazy)...then the people who truly need help...because of medical issues do not get the help they need.  Until we all start writing our legislature about this and quit supporting these people that feel they are entitled to SSI...just because they can’t find a job or don’t want to find a job....then we are going to be right here...in the same situation we‘re in...or worse.
          The truly disabled and the elderly are the ones suffering here....and why in God’s name does it take an attorney  and two or more years to get the help you need?  Needs to be a time limit on getting applications approved.  That’s my two cents for whatever it’s worth.  Sorry...I get really angry about this crap.



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          Mayra Braselton wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • Thanks to all that reponded. I am getting an Atty, next week! Mary, I too am baffled at the unbalance in our system today.  I will keep you all posted as to my adventures.  

          I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

          Mayra



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          Mayra Braselton wrote Sep 21, 2008
        • Responding to Victori....I did have surgery, and the procedure didn’t work. Now I’m worse then before, and have doubled my meds as a result.

          I want to go back to having ‘some’ quality of life. I’d settle for 50% less pain, at this point.

          I'm not sure what to make of the next step.  I'm told I need to have major surgery now.  I tried a less invasive procedure called IDET.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 24, 2008
        • Mayra, consider getting a second or third opinion in regard to having major surgery.  That is great news that you found a new attorney!  Woo Hoo!  I will pray that this attorney works successfully on your behalf to assist you in being eligible for SSI disability.

          Heather, my heart goes out to you.  I can not even fathom 25 years of enduring disabilities.  I pray that you get every bit owed to you through back pay and MORE!  How do you reduce your aches and pain?  Are you on medication and does it help the fibromyalgia?  Do you have family to support and encourage you through this challenging condition?

          Maryclark, you are so right about our system needing to change!  Business owners/supervisors and society in general do NOT understand the depths of pain that we have to struggle with on a daily basis.  They are so out of touch with what we are dealing with and they simply look at us and say, “BUT YOU LOOK FINE!”  Hmmmm.... Then how come I feel so lousy and can’t work eight hours a day, get warned that I am going to lose my job because I miss too much work from being in pain and my boss thinks I am lazy when I am truly suffering?!  (Been there, done that and it is no day at the beach!)  Yes, I do get very angry & frustrated over this, especially since I was put in a situation in which I had no choice, but to resign from my job because my orthopedic surgeon REFUSED to fill out the medical leave form and my supervisor was threatening to fire me because I was missing too much work, due to pain.  I miss being able to interact with adults at work, I miss my job in the beauty industry, I miss my paycheck, I miss my independence.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 3, 2008
        • I know from my experience and what I was told, 99% are turned down the first time. And for me, sadly, they will only pay back about 12-18 mos retro. At least in california.  

          What got mine, was not my atty, but my doctor. He wrote some serious letters and one month after getting my atty, I got approved. Never even made it to court. So make sure you have a gr8 doctor on board that will go the extra mile!!

          Blessings



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          Dianne67 wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • I can’t even get an attorney until I am rejected first.  They won’t waster their time.

          Dianne



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • Dianne, have you filed yet?  That’s the 1st step.  Just curious.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • My dad had a major heart attack last year and his dr. said he can’t work again or it will surely happen again and the next time it will probably be fatal...He was denied SS too..so I don’t understand what qualifies for benefits in this country...



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • Once it is denied, try to obtain an attorney that only requires contingency.  It costs nothing for now and the attorney will get the paid upon approval.  They know the odds and ends and they fight for you with incentives.  It is a long process but it is way worth it.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • well per my atty...people on methadone, addicts etc are usually accepted the first time. I do not get that at all!!



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • Yeah trace...I don’t get that either...my dads quality of life has changed, he has to modify everything he does, plans that he made he has to change, his Dr. has deemed him disabled, but SS says he’s able to work...SMH!!!



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • lmao and rofl..teek you are crazy..I’d better tell John to start saving some bail money for my 2 sisters..lol



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • i’ll help out w/bail soul!!!  lol



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • dang gurl...you’d better take that itchy thang back..that’ll help with our cause...lol...oh that’s right...those things are non returnable...dang gurl..it cost to be your friend...sheesh!!!!(LMAO)



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          Rystmom wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • I am trying to get my son on disability. He has a tramatic brain injury, and was denied. We just retained an attorney. My niece the same age with 3 children just qualified after appling once because she has a learning disability. I don’t understand the unfairness of the system. People who truly need help are pushed aside for people who know how to work the system.



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          Cheryl Phillips wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • It is such a terrible process...and is not going to get better anytime soon. The last time I was at my ortho surgeon’s office to have my stitches out, I heard the woman in the next exam room whining and complaining about her “pain” and how she just got on SSDI “finally“. She had two canes, one for each arm and was about 10 years younger than I am. I heard her ask for more pills for the “pain” and the doctor caring for her said that it was too soon to re-prescribe. She got a little ticked.

          Shortly there after I hopped on my crutches (after a year full of surgeries, pain and no income) to my car. I saw her come out of the building with her two “arm” canes...she pulled them off and ran down the stairs, started talking on her cell phone, laughing as she basically skipped to her car. It broke my heart...I have a friend who is 45 who has had two major heart attacks and is on closely monitored meds. She has to work because SS denied her even with an attorney because she is only 45. She’s exhausted and has no help at home. I am afraid she’ll have another heart attack because she is so stressed.

          And as far as doing methadone and getting approved...that’s total lunacy. So, these people who can’t get approved but SHOULD be should start doing meth?

          Incredible.



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          Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
        • Added to the fact that my dad is 65 yrs old and like he said, with the recent heart attack, all the medications he has to take and his age, who will hire him to do a day’s work?...In the meantime, he still has to pay for his meds and survive...I feel so bad for him because I’m not in the position to help him and he feels that he should be helping me because I’m not getting my child support...he borrowed the money last year to pay for an atty for me when I was trying to collect my money owed for child support and I wonder all the time, where he got it from...



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          Heather Mirassou wrote Nov 29, 2008
        • They control my pain with medication, ryhzotomies, injections, nerve blocks and more medication!

           Thank God I can now function. Before finding a doctor who would push the envelope, I was living in bed full-time. Losing my family, friends and myself.  Prayer helps!

           I have had to lie to get medi-cal and food stamps because my husband makes just enough to pay utilities and basic bills. I have not made a house payment in two years and the law somehow saves me fro foreclosure.

          I am at poverty level and yet have to beg to get my basic needs fulfilled. The worst part is that so many people have taken advantage of the state programs that those of who relly need it are often denied, over and over again!!

          It is a battle for life! Support from family is a very sensitive balance...

          I agree when you know better...you do better!!!

          But just remember this fight helps keep me alive.

          Heather



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          Linni wrote Nov 29, 2008
        • yes, this system of doing and approving people really SUCKS! and its a sore subject with me..  

          yes, i applied 7 years ago, and was denied.. so i just didn’t pursue it. why? cause im a single momita, and couldn’t take the time off work to do everything.

          now, i got to work EVERYDAY with pain so bad, i can hardley walk,  but i go in. my sister on the other hand, has EVERYTHING under the sun wrong with her!  

          im frustrated and angry because she could work! she just doesnt want too! everytime i talk to her on the phone, its ALL about her. Seriously.

          and she has these doctors who i feel are shadey, because she gets meds she needs or doesn’t, and to add insult to injury, she told me shes been trying to get disability for a year now! grrrrrrrrrrrrr

          my comment to her was ” you just need to go to work! even something part time. if your life is miserable, CHANGE IT! ”

          lol.. sorry.. i just get frustrated.. lol

          i wish you all would get what you need, WITHOUT all the BS!



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