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Are You On Disability? How Long Did You Have RA Before Applying? Please Tell Me About The Process.

Are You On Disability? How Long Did You Have RA Before Applying? Please Tell Me About The Process.

A myRAteam Member said:

All! I was finally contacted by SSA 6 mths after I applied . I filled out all the 545am appt! Whoop! I fiiled out the forms, pulled my e-records from my family doc, rheumatologist, and Ortho doc and submitted them. 2 hour wait at local SS office to meet with someone who sent them on. Took many phone calls and answers a lot of questions! I came to FLA for 6 weeks to get out of the winter cold and the SAA disability moved my case to FLA! They said they couldn't hold it open for 3 weeks until I returned to TN. Really? They took 6 mths to even contact me and then it was my fault I was out of the state! I gave them every doc's info so they could request any file necessary. Instead they sent me to a SS doctor for an "exam". I sat in his office and verbally answered every question that I had answered on the forms I had mailed in. No exam at all! Then I got a call back. The SS disability doctors ordered X-rays of my hands and wrists. Again those are on file with the doctor I had supplied contact info. And seriously? My hands are terribly disfigured! Someone on the street can "see " my handicap! What a waste of yours and my taxes!! Anyway now I am waiting for a determination. I dread the appeal process! So far I have so belittled by the process! I am not a whiner or com

posted about 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

My primary care doctor encouraged me to seek disability, even if just short term. I started crying in her office. I'm 33! I completed my master's degree in nursing two years ago. This is not how I envisioned my life going. My friends say I should just do it and take the time to get well. Going on disability doesn't mean I have to stay on it for the rest of my life. I'm close to accepting that.

posted over 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I was approved for SS on the first try. I do believe a lot of it goes by proper documentation from your providers and from the SS dr.

posted about 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member so sorry to hear this. I applied online on Sat heard from them on Mon and they made their decision within two months. I was really surprised. I applied for another medical issue I had at the time. They never sent me to other doctors or for further test. I don't understand why they do this. It's the same way with the welfare system. According to them I make too much social security to get Medicaid but half my check goes for medical expenses.every month is a struggle. Well good luck and let me know how this goes. Jeanne

posted about 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

@A myRAteam Member, yes it is a federal program, but the only thing the feds do is issue the payment. It's your state that approves or denies your claim.

edited, originally posted over 7 years ago
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