An narrowing of the spine, schmorls, an mild effacte, an ptsd+bipolar, diabetes,hyperglycemic what are the odds of me being approved for my ssi/ ssdi benefits.
In order to answer your question, I need more info about your symptoms as well as other info... what are "schmorls", "effecte"? Also need to know your age, level of education, & the type of work you did (was it manual labor?). I'm not trying to be nosy... I was a disability adjudicator for Social Security for years, & I need to know these things in order to help answer your question. If you are age 55 or older, you could be a vocational allowance. Moderate DDD (by itself) is very common as we age, so it would help if you could explain "schmorls" & "effecte" You said you had "arothopy"...
do you mean "arthropathy"? Have you had a Mental Status Exam performed by a psychologist/psychiatrist or do you have a treating mental health professional that you see on a regular basis? I'm sorry, but the information you gave is not enough for me to help you. If you will respond to my questions, I can give you a better idea as to what the ALJ's decision will be. Good luck.
Thank you for giving me the additional info that I requested. Don't know if you are aware of this, but when you file a claim for SSI/SSD, it goes to Social Security Disability 1st to make a decision. The adjuciator who got your claim was bound by the Federal Social Security rules (it is a real book) & could do nothing to change the rules, no matter how much he/she wished a different outcome. (Believe me, so many cases I HAD to deny because of that blasted book still haunt me.) However, the ALJ IS NOT BOUND by these rules, & can use his discretion in all cases. Since I cannot know what is in your files or the ALJ's mind, all I can tell you from the medical info you have given me... I think you have a good chance. I hope the ALJ is a good, caring person, who can see both the physical & psychological problems you have. I'm on your side & I care, too. Please let me know what the ALJ's decision is... hope you are an allowance for SSI/SSD.
Yes, I am a mother of 2 sons & 2 grandson's, so thank you for the Happy Mother's Day wish... I really appreciate it. I, too, have PTSD from watching my older son slowly lose his life from ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease), so I understand a lot of what you are going through. He went to Heaven the Friday before Mother's Day several years ago. RE waiting for your ALJ decision, try to think positively about it. It is out of your hands now, & I can only imagine how anxious you must feel waiting for the decision. I had the opposite thing happen to me... worked for Social Security for years, & everyone was so kind when my son was diagnosed with ALS. (There is NO CURE & NO TREATMENT FOR IT... IT IS AN AUTOMATIC DEATH SENTENCE.) Sorry, got carried away. Anyway, I lived at Hospice with him until he gave up the fight. Exactly a year later, my mom unexpectedly passed away. I had to go to her apartment every day after work to clean out her things...
that was tough. Anyway, I thought I was fooling everybody about my mental state, & was shocked when I was asked to take early retirement due to my stress level, PTSD, etc. Am sure you know what I'm talking about. I was furious! Now I can see that they were right, but it took years for me to admit it to myself. Sorry, got carried away again. Hopefully, you will get your letter from the ALJ soon (& with good news). Every ALJ is different... some will allow 21 year old guys who complain of back pain (without any Xrays, MRI's, or ANYTHING to back up their complaints!) There are other ALJ's who have common sense. Even though they are not medical professionals, they do have compassion for people like you. As I said before, I do care, so please let me know what the ALJ's decision is. And thank you again for the Mother's Day greeting. It means alot to me.
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