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Diabetic With Peripheral Neuropathy


jmack

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I am a diabetic with peripheral neuropathy in all 4 extremities and its getting more and more painful to use my right hand because of the effects, I'm right-handed. I have severe degenerative arthritis in my knees and shoulders. The depression is getting out of control. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, so you name the symptom, I have it. I can't even concentrate or stay focus enough to even start to complete the forms that the SSA sent me. One form is a: Function Report-ADULT, and the other is a Work History Report. They were both sent to me from DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES. What do I do? Thanks Josephine for helping me to this point.

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Do you have anyone (family, doctor,nurse,lawyer, social worker, SSA clerk,etc) that can assist you in filling out the necessary forms?

I am a diabetic with peripheral neuropathy in all 4 extremities and its getting more and more painful to use my right hand because of the effects, I'm right-handed. I have severe degenerative arthritis in my knees and shoulders. The depression is getting out of control. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder, so you name the symptom, I have it. I can't even concentrate or stay focus enough to even start to complete the forms that the SSA sent me. One form is a: Function Report-ADULT, and the other is a Work History Report. They were both sent to me from DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES. What do I do? Thanks Josephine for helping me to this point.

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Do you have anyone (family, doctor,nurse,lawyer, social worker, SSA clerk,etc) that can assist you in filling out the necessary forms?

Thanks, I am sure that I can find a family member to help me but is there anything else that I need to include to help my chances. Also the SSA rep that initially took my claim said that they, the SSA have been instructed to give priority to all military that served between 2001 and 2006. He said that they were instructed to give a decision within 6 weeks. Have anyone heard this before.

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jmack, get some assistance with those forms, even if you fill them out a little at a time. I went at it full-tilt for my husband, and it took me the better part of the weekend to finish it. Between trying to remember all the hospital admissions, all the outpatient visits, which doctors treated what and where to find them, plus the work history, dates, and what percentage was spent on the job standing, walking, stooping, reaching, etc., it really wore me out.

If you don't have family or friends to help you, call the SSA and tell them your situation, I don't think this would be the first time they've been asked whether they can steer the applicant to some help in getting the forms filled out.

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The first report is for you to state your limitations i.e what you can and cannot do... the second is a work history which they will use to see if your current disability will still allow you to perform any of... i.e. a guard job you had 14 years ago... they may say you still can perform the duties associated with it that you listed..

So.. be very in depth... but in my experience they only use these forms to attempt to deny disability... but thats just my experience. I would certainly point out WHY I could no longer perform any of the jobs I listed as having held.

You can also expect your spouse or significant other or whoever you listed as knowing of your condition to receive the same disability limitation report... its good if these kinda match, but I'm not saying to fudge anything... just make sure you are all on the same sheet of music.

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The first report is for you to state your limitations i.e what you can and cannot do... the second is a work history which they will use to see if your current disability will still allow you to perform any of... i.e. a guard job you had 14 years ago... they may say you still can perform the duties associated with it that you listed..

So.. be very in depth... but in my experience they only use these forms to attempt to deny disability... but thats just my experience. I would certainly point out WHY I could no longer perform any of the jobs I listed as having held.

You can also expect your spouse or significant other or whoever you listed as knowing of your condition to receive the same disability limitation report... its good if these kinda match, but I'm not saying to fudge anything... just make sure you are all on the same sheet of music.

So they send forms to my wife as well? So would it be safe for her to just send a statement along with the forms I'm to complete?

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Jmack:

Good luck on your claim and I am sure that you can get the help you need to fill out the forms. If you have to you can go to Social Security Office nearest you and they will help.

Concerning your neuropathy have you tried gabapentin to help. I find that 4 doses of 300 mg of it help mine considerably. If not you might ought to ask your doc the VA gives it for that reason and others.

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Jmack

If you are a Vietnam vet your claim is presumptive for DMII. The PN is a secondary condition and if your DmII is SC'ed the PN should also be SC'ed.

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Jmack:

Good luck on your claim and I am sure that you can get the help you need to fill out the forms. If you have to you can go to Social Security Office nearest you and they will help.

Concerning your neuropathy have you tried gabapentin to help. I find that 4 doses of 300 mg of it help mine considerably. If not you might ought to ask your doc the VA gives it for that reason and others.

Pete:

Thank, I will get help with the forms. I used to take the gabapentin about a yr ago but it stop giving me the relief I needed, now I take lyrica. I works great for me. Ever heard of it? My outside Doc prescribed it to me.

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Jmack,

Here is my take on this. You have limited time to fill out the papers.

Tell the truth. If you want to sit down and cry over your illness, tell them so, they are human also.

I would approach this from the illness that you have. How does it limit you?

You know the answers, but they may not.

Put it in plain English. Do you take insulin? Are your kidney's affected by the illness. Does it affect your eyes?

What can't you do that you once could?

Does your illness cause depression?

What meds do you take for the depression? What effect does these meds have on you.

If you could would you prefer to work and support your family, or would you prefer to draw a monthly check from Social Security?

My husband preferred to work at a job, but had to take disability for 4 years, but he wanted to make sure that Social Security knew, if his health would have held out, he would never file for disability.

I am sure that life is pretty boring for you. You must watch the neighbors leaving for employement and you can't, but that doesn't mean that you wouldn't like to.

Even the newspaper can turn to crap and court cases on television after a while aren't your cup of tea either.

I sure hope I am making sense to you.

Be honest, tell the truth and tell them just how your life really is.

My husbands check and back pay was in the bank in less than 3 months.

Always,

Josephine

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Jmack, I don't completely know your situation and it looks that your in bad shape. Don't play with these people at the SSA. I've been there get it done as soon as possible I mean soon. They have know heart, none! Best advice I can give you on all research me and my wife has done 78% get rejected right off the bat and the repeal is the same process and the rejection rate is even HIGHER 85+%. I'm in line for a court date now. Took me 8 months of SSA to find out I could still be a doll stuffer and a raffle ticket dude, please get a lawyer so he or he know all things are right when you send in your packet. You'll get it, it will take time but don't give up but you have to reach now. I have medical records going back 17 years they(SSA) didn't want them at all.They will send you to there hand picked people to be evaluated and you need this done soon as possible! Good luck to you ............

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JMack:

Lyrica is a newer edition of gabapentin so that they can sell it as name brand.

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Jmack,

Take all of this good advice, think about it, and fill out those papers to win the first time around.

There is help available to you. You can pick up a book on Social Security at the your local book store, which can take you through the complete process.

Always a Pleasure,

Josephine

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Jmack ,

One other thing I had forgot to mention with the SSA its all or nothing there is no grey area at all, if your dieing or wheel chair bound permanently you'll get them right away other than that it normally takes about 90 days for 1st response and the person you talk to can care less of your condition, trust me I've waited a long ting for a reval.. through the VA and its a Field day compared to the SSA. Don't wait longer you do the worse it is.

Good luck to you..............

RC

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