... morning to get to a place where I can walk I'm week my wrists can't even pour my own teapot. Can I get disability? I am 58 years old and I am a schoolteacher but when I'm in so much pain I'm certainly not very patient
Wow JS ...
That was a bit harsh ! I know you must be angry for having gone through it undiagnosed. Don't you have a bit of empathy towards someone facing the loss of her independence ?
Writing this is out of character for me.
I think if you address your anger issues it may help you feel even better than you do now.
I don't know the answers to your questions unfortunately.
What I've heard about disability is that it takes awhile to get approved. It's best to work within the system. By this I mean hiring a disability only lawyer. He probably will know a doctor who knows how to expedite your request. Someone who is unfamiliar may make a mistake in the wording or the paperwork and cause you needless delays.
I applaude you for being proactive. You must have been a teacher for most of your life. It's now part of your identity !
You are right in recognizing that students require you to be at your best and a lot of PATIENCE ! I can't imagine being in pain and dealing with the little ones who depend on us.
As an outsider, what I think best for you is to get on disability. Get yourself feeling better. Lastly, volunteer your services to the school where you work and probably enjoy.
There is a lot to be said for volunteerism. It's rewarding to people to know that you are there because you choose to be and not for a paycheck.
I think it's one of God's way of helping people in pain because it provides DIVERSION. Diversion is a recognizable treatment in pain management.
For me it was better than pain Meds.
You will be busy and at the end of the day you will feel good about yourself.
I'm sorry for what you are facing now.
Perhaps someone could respond and address her situation who has had experience.
I'm sorry but I couldn't hold my tongue when it comes to lack of empathy by someone who has gone through it.
Perhaps (to "helpful" commenter )if you used your knowledge to help others you could also feel good about yourself.
If I misread your intentions, I apologize.
Getting disability is not easy with PMR. As suggested, working with a disability lawyer will yield better results than trying to do it on your own. If you are in pain, then your Prednisone amt is not a high enough dosage. You should be pain free. It doesn't help the fatigue and other symptoms but pain free is a start. There is an excellent group on Facebook called Polymyalgia Rheumatica with people from all over and lots of great information. It is also a very supportive group. I recommend you join.
I have to agree with Windchimes123, that was a very rude comment and childish of js3000 and you don't have to comment on my answer either, I have been on this site for yrs and we are here to help and support people and not make them feel any worse then they do!!! Engish730 I am on disability do to numerous diagnoses and have been don't like being on it but it is what it is... it's really all up to the dr and ssdi meaning how it effects you daily and so on the pain etc... you get the point and from the sounds of it you r not just looking for a handout like some... don't pay no mind to that rude comment there are hundreds of very beautiful people on this site that will support you in no matter what, just ignore the rude comments...
anyway I am sure your diagnoses is documented and all you have to do is apply after you get the first rejection there is a place called community health and law project they have them in all community's but not sure where you live!! It is a none profit organization, meaning if you get turned down the first time you go there and they will get it for you the 2nd x and they charge you nothing... lawyers charge I think 33% of what the first lump sum is or something like that... that's what I did for someone told me about them when I first got severely ill... but the call is yours you can do it with a lawyer to and probably get it quicker, for I have heard of several who got it on there first x with a lawyer... keep your chin up/ stay away from negative people... I think given js3000 has been through this etc they ought to act like an adult and apologize but I wouldn't hold my breath... lol Good luck hun and keep us posted we are here for you well I am and I am sure tons of others on this site as you can see!! Here is a site I found for you if you haven't seen it already but if your's ain't on there doesn't mean you wont qualify it on depends on numerous things... God Bless and good luck and keep us updated..I will add you as a friend... take care... angel1662
English; Yes you are right as far as taking as little cortisone as possible but this is something you and the doctor have to weight out. But first, it is getting your condition under control. and the answers you have so far are great and keep at it. Talk to your doctor and see about even a leave of absence until you can figure out what you have to do. Or while you are having the run around with Disability. Ps you can also go to the person with the nasty disposition and block him and you well never see anything while they are working on pulling his post. which I am sure has been turned in. WE DON'T DO THINGS THAT WAY OR LET ANYONE ELSE DO IT TO ANYONE EITHER. chuck1957 Keep us posted but you just have to click on his Republican name the circle and it well go to his profile and then there is a place to block or friend him. Chuck.
PMR is similar to fibromyalgia in what pain refers to. Fibromyalgia was approved recently by federal law to be disabling so if you go to a special lawyer and get a doctor review you can get disability. PMR is incapacitating and the first 2 years are unbearable in pain. It will be very difficult for you to work Get the help you need, go to a good disability lawyer they usually don't charge until they win and they will win.
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