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Support Statement From Wife- Good Or Bad?


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Could you guys look at this support statement from my wife and tell me if its good or bad? I'm going for an increase in my right should connection because I have pain all the time and my mobility is pretty much shot. I'm currently 40% total for my lower back, nerve damage in legs, and right shoulder(10%).

Thanks in advance,

T

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Thanks John! I've been on pain meds (Vicoden and Muscle relaxants) for about 4 years, also, about 2 years ago I was prescribed adderall due to decreased focus due to the pain and pain medicaion. I have since moved around for the last year and not gotten the adderall re filled by a phyc doctor. Do you think I have another claim, John? Whats your thoughts on how to start this?

You need "medical evidence" to support new claims and for an increase. I had my brother and wife write statements for me long ago. It did seem to help in my psychological claim. However, the medical is most important especially for physical impairment. Your shoulder will be almost all ROM. If you have full ROM or anything close you won't get an increase most likely. What kind of pain meds do you take? This can be basis of increased disablility if the meds affect your ability to think. You want to hook up psychological and physical issues. Vets don't do this enough, but you need medical opinions for this.

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Also, I do have an IMO coming from my chiropractor showing horrible ROM, decrease more than half of normal ROM.

Thanks John! I've been on pain meds (Vicoden and Muscle relaxants) for about 4 years, also, about 2 years ago I was prescribed adderall due to decreased focus due to the pain and pain medicaion. I have since moved around for the last year and not gotten the adderall re filled by a phyc doctor. Do you think I have another claim, John? Whats your thoughts on how to start this?

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Depression due to chronic pain and disability. You need a psychiatrist to say it and make the link to your shoulder pain and disability. If your sleep is poor due to pain that is another factor. Google chronic pain disorder. I have miserable shoulder pain as well. I get shots in my shoulder which sets me off from steroids. You want to build a picture of disability that starts and is linked to your SC condition.

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I don't know if this will help, but I took your wife's statement and did a little revision. Maybe it's better, maybe not. You can decide or pick and choose pieces of it. I wish you well.

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Statement in Support of Claim.

My husband is constantly in pain. Between chronic pain in his shoulder, lower back and legs, he is very limited in his actions. He is unable to:

1. Pick up and/or carry his daughter;

2. Do physical activities such as (describe chores—; i.e., dishes, laundry, vacuum, work on car, mow lawn, whatever -- give details);

His movement is limited. He cannot (raise arms?, climb stairs?, bend over?, whatever is affecting movement/mobility/etc. could be mentioned specifically. Give details!)

This pain also translates into lack of sleep.

I find that:

1. When he comes home from work he needs to lay down to rest.

2. When in bed for the night—

- Wakes up frequently

- Tosses/turns throughout night

- Can't lay on right side because of shoulder pain

- Complains his legs are tingling and burning

His weight is also affected by this pain. Because he no longer can do physical activities, he has gained about 40 pounds.

(Here is new that should be investigated---- check out his medicines for side effects of weight gain, insomnia, etc. from which he suffers. If any of his medications mention them, be sure to note here. Use medlineplus for resource if necessary.)

His medication(s) are not helping. Since (give name of medication) causes weight?insomnia? whatever, he is unable to lose weight/sleep?.

We don't have much of a social life together because he is usually too tired. Where he used to play softball, that is no longer possible. Interaction with our daughter and myself are limited by his need for rest.

His work is also suffering. He has told me that he makes mistakes as an Accountant that would otherwise not have happened. Not being rested is creating stress for him at work.

His inability physically as well as socially leaves him depressed and angry. He has said "I'm a 26 year old living in a 70 year old body." Trying to cope is very stressful, both for me and for him.

It is hard to know what to do to make our life better. We seem to always run up against a brick wall---his pain!

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