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Andynurse

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Hello all, I am New here!
« on: March 15, 2022, 04:49:01 pm »
I'm so grateful I found this site.  I'm sure alot of ppl are too. I just applied for SSDI through an attorney in July. I am 59 years old and have a modality of issues.  Primary being osteoarthritis bilateral knees. I need a walker or cane to get around. In 11/2019, I  had a seizure or stroke ( have seizure disorder) and fractured my left femur requiring surgery,  ( diagnosed with the small stroke same time) I went back to work in the end of Dec and worked and struggled to do so until I was fired in Jan of 2021 for absences and latenesses related to the fall.  I don't seem to have the strength or stamina anymore for work. I know that I have a ton of questions right now but can't think of them all.  I am really curious about how everyone feels about the SSA website and their percentages on our application process.  Anyone??

Disabledvet100%

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Re: Hello all, I am New here!
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2022, 08:01:17 pm »
Review the SS Blue book and have medical documentation showing your unable to work any 40 hour a week job. For instance, if you have a hard time standing, what precludes you form doing nursing case management. Your age helps your case but you need the aforementioned as well.
Initial 09/9 Recon 3/20
ALJ 06/20 AC 10/20
Filed federal 10/20
New app 10/20 Recon 10/21
ALJ approved 3/22 then vacated
Fed and ALJ combined: Won via OTR 7/22

Just Me

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Re: Hello all, I am New here!
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2022, 01:07:16 pm »
 :Welcome02: :Welcome07:
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

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Andynurse

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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2022, 02:26:56 pm »
Thank you so much for your warm welcome here!! In review of my many medical diagnosis', I was recently diagnosed with " significant degenerative joint disease" in my spine. Osteoporosis as well. My knees have become so weak after the fracture of my femur in 11/19. This is clearly the time when I became disabled because I was never absent or late for work until after I broke my leg and had the small stroke vs seizure. I didn't wake up with the alarm clock like I used to, the surgery or combination of the stroke or seizure seems to have made tire very easily. I did have my doctor at the time I returned to work sign off that I needed a cane or walker on an ADA form.  I'm really curious about the percentages that SSA comes up with on the SSA website. I appreciate everyone's input tremendously!!

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2022, 04:30:12 pm »
Did you look at the Blue Book?  it's not necessarily the diagnosis its whether or not you are able to work any job for 40 hours a week.  There are people in wheelchairs that can work 40 hours a week at a desk job.  What are the symptoms that preclude you to work 40 hours a week?
Initial 09/9 Recon 3/20
ALJ 06/20 AC 10/20
Filed federal 10/20
New app 10/20 Recon 10/21
ALJ approved 3/22 then vacated
Fed and ALJ combined: Won via OTR 7/22

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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2022, 01:07:40 pm »
A diagnosis is required but that is only the beginning. You need to discuss how your impairments impact your ability to do Activities Of Daily Living in detail with your doctor's at your visits. Your doctor's also need to write it in your medical records. You need to put that information down on your Adult Function Report in detail.
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Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

Hope the size of a mustard seed can produce Faith that can move mountains.

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Re: Hello all, I am New here!
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2022, 12:51:23 am »
  Hey Andynurse and welcome. Your username caught my attention because I am a nurse. Well, a 60 y/o retired ER nurse who apparently got some brain damage when a major heart attack changed my life. I prefer to say that my brain got so smart that it thinks it can do without me. Stupid Brain!

  I just want to say that from experience, keep your head up and remain steadfast in the positive lane of life. It may get bumpy on your journey, but one thing is for sure, no matter what happens if you still have Love at the end then you are a winner. No matter what the verdict is with Love you are a WINNER!!! YAAAAY!!! LoveYou!
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Andynurse

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2022, 05:29:33 pm »
Thank you so much! Yes, since the very day that I had a seizure ( grand mal) or the small stroke- which was diagnosed during the hospital stay, clearly affected my ability to function on a daily basis.  I really didn't realize that until I was fired in Jan of 2021. I was fired for absences and latenesses during the year 2020. I need a walker or cane on n order to walk. When I went back to work an ADA form was needed because my provider had to request it.  I've never ever had latenesses or absences prior to having the seizure or stroke.  Prior to having the seizure or stroke, I was in need of bilateral knee replacement for osteoporosis.  Since this happened, both of my knees have weakened.  I had a spiral fracture of my femur and was hospitalized for 10 lousy days.  Since then, I've been diagnosed with the osteoporosis, and DJD in my spine ( significant). I have suffered from major depression for many years. This worsened after my realization that I was no longer able to work.  My last job was sedentary so there really is no way I could even consider going back to floor nursing.  My activies are minimal on a daily basis.  I can barely make it in to the shower, if my walker didn't have a seat, I wouldn't be able to cook a few times a week. I need a scooter to shop, just major overhauls since 11/2019. I get tired very easily every day and need naps.  I'm sure I'm not alone in this and I truly appreciate all of your kindness.  I just received my exam dates for the medical and the mental, which is fairly close...I do know all that I need to do is be myself, and lately it's not fun.

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2022, 10:50:48 pm »
Hey, Those CE exams are pretty straight forward. Both the medical and mental examiners have been given all your records and notes. Like you said, just be yourself. My mental CE was found to be a positive disability. My medical exam was questionable because of 2 elements.

1: I was able to get up on the exam table with not much effort. I am over 6 foot tall and all I had to do was flop down on it. Not much effort needed to flop down LOL

2: One of the first things I was asked to do was take off my shoes. I was sitting and had no problem with a toe to heel removal. I did not think anything of it even when he picked my shoes up and tucked them below the chair. The whole thing was a test when I had little problem getting them from under the chair and back on my feet.

Just be yourself Andy and much LoveYou, Boodrow
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2022, 05:07:44 am »
hey there,

   The key is to be yourself . If you are disabled they will be able to make see that.  Bring your can or walker.  (if you need it in the house you def need it outside your house)
 
    Also, this is just something I keep reading that you are writing.  Stroke or seizure. Two different things. If you have a lawyer he/she will catch that.

   

  Its a crueling process but if everything is done correctly you should have no problems.  Best of luck!
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2022, 01:03:37 pm »
Be sure your medical records have a copy of the prescriptions your doctor wrote for your walker and/or cane. If you have problems getting around and doing things using using your walker and/or cane. Have you discussed these problems with your doctor in detail ? Have you read your medical records to be sure your doctor made notes of it ?  If someone helps you with  grocery shopping, bathing, preparing meals, etc. Be sure they fill out a Third Party Form. Also be sure your Adult Function Report is detailed. You can use additional paper
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

Hope the size of a mustard seed can produce Faith that can move mountains.

Andynurse

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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2022, 11:18:54 pm »
WOW!! I am so appreciative of all comments here! When I went back to work, my provider at the time filled out an ADA form and she stated on the form to " please allow use of cane or walker".  My provider for the last two years is not the greatest, because of very few doctors take my Obamacare insurance. I even tried to follow up with my neurologist, psych, and now I'm in search of a pain management doc because my doc isn't doing it anymore. The insurance covers the visit, meds.  It's just a basic thing.  The reason why I say seizure or stroke is because my neurologist said " idk if you had a seizure because I wasn't there".  I was in a laundrymat at the time and all I remember was trying to put $ in the dryer.  I woke up on the floor with my head in her lap ( God bless her), and I was treated for a seizure in the ER.  Also had seizure meds added upon discharge.  My neurologist is the one who told me about the small stroke. I did fill out the functional report as well as I could and my sister filled out the other one. I made a mistake by saying I have osteoporosis in my knees ( although it's probably there too lol) but I have severe osteoarthritis in both of them. I do know that I will definitely have trouble trying to get up on that exam table because I need the MA to help me out at the doctor's office.  I wish I was 6' tall, I'm 5'3" with some baggage attached 😂.  My dates are 4/7 for the medical and 4/11 for the mental portion.  Again, I really appreciate all of your input...Andy

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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2022, 12:44:48 pm »
Do not be afraid to ask for help getting on the exam table. Do your medical records state you have seizures and/or had a stroke ? Doctors do not always write what they say to patients in their medical records
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

Hope the size of a mustard seed can produce Faith that can move mountains.

Andynurse

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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2022, 01:26:10 pm »
Yes, my neurologist ( at the time I had decent insurance) has it all documented and my contact at SSA even stated the results of the MRI (ischemic area) of my brain. At least that doctor was kind enough to document thoroughly..these days it's hard to find good providers, well for me anyway..

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« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2022, 11:22:34 am »
Hang in there. You will have your choice of quality providers with Medicare. I have seen a big change in medical records since providers started typing on laptops and not for the better.
Nerve damage in upper and lower extremities. Degenerative Disc Disease, RA.

Hope the size of a mustard seed can produce Faith that can move mountains.