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Donna F
July 25th, 2012, 11:32 PM
I had an appt today with an attorney to take me on to fight for my social security disability. He reviewed my case and decided to take it! This is good news because he doesn't get paid unless I do, therefore, if I wasn't a winning case he would loose time and money. He let me know I have a very good case and he gave me the name of a surgeon to see to get a second opinion about a double fusion on my spine. The one I saw before is conservative and told me he won't operate because it would make me worse. So maybe this new Dr can make my life better but in the meantime, I am to call my neurosurgeon to set up an appt for my permanent implant (which I will put off until I see the new Dr). So much is happening so fast. Wish me luck please.

July 25th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Glad that you found an attorney to take on your case Donna. Also a good thing to see another neurosurgeon, there are so many advancements being made in the spinal area of neuro. Also with pain relief combos, which he/she would have info on.

Prayers of course will continue. Huggers, Ruby and Don

July 26th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Oh Donna, I have you in my prayers. I'm glad you got an attorney and now maybe a new doctor.


July 26th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Will include you in my prayers!

July 26th, 2012, 04:01 AM
Glad you found an attorney to take your case. I will keep my fingers crossed and keep you in my prayers.

July 26th, 2012, 04:12 AM
Will keep you in prayer...good luck on both fronts

July 26th, 2012, 05:22 AM
Fantastic, Donna! It's always so wonderful to hear some good news. Keep us posted. I pray it all works out and the surgery will give you better quality of life.

Sandy Navas
July 26th, 2012, 11:08 AM
Adding you to my prayer list. The greatest hope is for relief of pain!!!

Jenny Mulhall
July 26th, 2012, 02:29 PM
You have to hire a Solicitor to keep your social security? That 's OUTRAGEOUS!!! Truly, I hope everything goes well for you and that you get better. Jen x

K. McEuen
July 26th, 2012, 02:34 PM
You have to hire a Solicitor to keep your social security? That 's OUTRAGEOUS!!! Truly, I hope everything goes well for you and that you get better. Jen x

Social Security Disability isn't the same as our regular Social Security. The disability claims are sometimes very hard to get over here. I've known people that have had to go to court several times before they were approved and others that were approved on the first try. I'm not sure what their secret is. Regular SS is given to you on or around age 65, when you retire. The SSD (or SSI is what I think it is really) can be given to someone much younger who has lost the ability to work, due to injury, illness, etc. There are a lot of people that try to abuse the system by claiming SSD when they shouldn't, so it makes it hard for people who need it to get it. The attorneys know the ins and outs and make it easier on the person applying.

July 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Good luck Donna.

Donna F
July 26th, 2012, 04:38 PM
Thanks everyone. I was told by my attorney that since I'm only 41 they denied me. If I had been 9 years older it would not.have been a problem. Statistically troubles don't start until 50 years of age so I beat the statistics. The denial letter starts out saying.....Even though you are in severe pain, we believe you can perform the job as a cashier LOL!!
My brother, rest his soul, was blind and missing a leg and they turned him down twice, telling him he could take money in a toll booth, he was 39. He finally got it after 1.5 years. He passed away at 42.

July 27th, 2012, 12:22 AM
No Jen, when we in the US are no longer able to week due to physical inability, we have what is known as disability social security, that you can receive before you are of an age to retire, 62 is the earliest you draw regular social security. Some times our government does not think you are ill enough, or disabled and are still able to work, even though you can't. So you can file an appeal, once you are denied. It is best to have an attorney to fight for you. You don't need an attorney to draw regular social security.
You have to hire a Solicitor to keep your social security? That 's OUTRAGEOUS!!! Truly, I hope everything goes well for you and that you get better. Jen x

July 27th, 2012, 12:28 AM
Hope it all goes well for you and you get assistance.

July 27th, 2012, 04:01 PM
Donna I am saying prayers for you. Having been through 3 back surgeries, which included a double fusion, one, that took 8 hours on the table to do, and several other procedures as well, I will pray for you. And your doctor is right, it can make it worse! Not always, but it can and does get worse for people. Just listen to the Doctors before you say yes to surgery.
Really think about how you must change your way of doing things. You must learn to PACE yourself!!!! I can explain if you want. I won't until you ask. Please don't listen to any doc that says," I can fix this" or "you'll be good as new". When one is in pain, one only hears, "I can fix this". I was 31 when I got hurt. I'm 63 now. Just, please, listen to all this "new" doctor is telling you.
I will keep you in my prayers. Hugs, Jan L.

July 27th, 2012, 04:14 PM
BTW Donna, There is a Dr. Coffee that is a specialist in back surgery in PA. He is either in Philly or Pitts. Maybe you should check him out too. Or one of his prodigies. Hugs, Jan L.

July 27th, 2012, 04:36 PM
Good luck and I will keep you in my prayers.