7 year ss disability review-any advice apreciated

    • Anonymous
      February 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      I originally got disability in 2003 for cancer and a year later got GBS and was in the hospital almost totally paralyzed for a month. My 7 year ss disability review is due and I wondered if anyone else out there has already had a review and could give me some tips? I worry that in this bad economic climate it will be very hard to convince ss that I really could not do any substantial work. I am 58 yrs old and still very weak from the GBS and have residual problems too. Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      February 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm

      I’m hoping that members will respond to your questions.
      I know the anxiety you feel, and understand how worrying your present situation is for you.

      Could you write down your present condition for the review board, state the symptoms you have and what your life is like. What is normal now and what is not. How much strength you have, and don’t have. Pain–managed or not, crippling that impacts your activities. Medications–side effects. Limitations.
      Recovery you’ve experienced; efforts you’ve made to resume mobility; ongoing issues. Issues that would impact employment.

      Wishing you peace and hope in your situation; may God bless you and see you through this trying time!

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

      You were very kind to reply, and that was some helpful advice. I have to reply in writing before March 12th so am hoping to get a few more posts so I can hear from someone who has gone through the review process so I know what to expect.
      Thanks again, Maureen

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

      Maureen, one more bit of advice. When you’re writing down things, write them without editing and correcting for hours like I do.
      Let the review board see things as they really are. Be your real self, so they can see the truth about what you are still dealing with.

      I know I’ve seen lots of posts here on the forum regarding disability benefits; it’s discussed on the Main Forum, and in the General thread.
      Hope others can direct you better than I can.

    • Anonymous
      March 1, 2010 at 7:51 am

      Great advice, thanks again. I didn’t think of trying the General Forum.

    • Anonymous
      March 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      Hi maureen
      I just went through a disabilty at 1st I was getting it on my hep-c an when I went through my review I just filled out the forms, My hand writing is very bad right now but I didn’t make any corrections or have anyone else fill it out.
      I see a doctor about every 3 months an I have his records

    • Anonymous
      March 4, 2010 at 4:54 am

      Thank you for replying Kerwin. I’m dpressed right now so my brain won’t think properly to type. Good luck to you

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      When you do the written part of the review be sure and put everything down. They will check out too see if what you have written down is true. They will ask what part of the day do you feal the best and they will have you report for the physical exam the time of the day that you told them that you would feel the best. MAUREEN, remember, they are not concerned about your health…they are calling you in to try their darnest to cut you off DSS and will try their best to do just that. You just move like you do at home and don’t put on a big show…like doing something that would kill you if you were at home. Just be yourself.
      God bless,

    • Anonymous
      March 9, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      Maureen, did you go in yet for your SS review? I have found with my daughter it is much better if you go in, if possible, rather than phone or mail. It is my understanding that once someone is over 55 it is less likely that SSI will drop you. My daughter has very apparent physical disabilities from CIDP. Initially it was quite a job to get the SSI approved, but once we went in to the office it was much easier (except for filling out the same paperwork 2 x, I did it my daughter still could not write).

      I sincerely hope if you have not had the appointment yet that it will be successful.

    • Anonymous
      March 9, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      Also, remember SSI is looking for evidence that you cannot do the work that you have been doing. I have a friend who is a social worker for the elderly, 62 and over and even though most of them are now straight SS, she emphasized that what SSI is trying to determine for your eligibility is what I stated in the beginning. They pull hospital records, but the docs are not particularly good at responding, so hopefully you have a good relationship with one or two of your doctors.

      Good luck. I am 62 and now have a disabled person to take care of plus still working. No rest for the wicked.

    • Anonymous
      March 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      They will get you before you turn 55 and then you will get all the paperwork about 3 years later, but usually do not get called in to see their
      Dr. They say the Dr. is not a SS Dr. They say You don’t have to pay the bill. I ask who pays the bill they say SS will…well, don’t that make them a SS Dr.? I think so. They will try their darnest to cut you off is what it is all about, and you had better believe it. Drummer