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  •  No (3+ / 0-)
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    Araguato, LEP, LoreleiHI

    No, SSA does not intentionally string anyone along hoping that we can deny someones application for disability benefits.

    I am so sick and tired of hearing about how poorly everyone thinks we treat our public. Most of us work in this field  because we like helping people. I sure as hell didn't take my position thinking I was going to get to stick it to all the poor disabled people and neither did my co workers.

    I can honestly tell you that most denials can be traced back to the claimants or health care providers not providing specific, accurate, and pertinent information.

    If you honestly believe that SSA is staffed by complete idiots that are only there to hassle and hinder you then why does the left hold SSA up as the champion  social program?

     

    •  I provided records (2+ / 0-)
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      Achillios0311, chimene

      This may be because I'm in Maine (LePaige and all), but they weren't contacted. My Psychologist/therapist was pretty pissed off, since she's helping track my memory issues--she's the one who sees me weekly, and is the best choice, eh? And is the one managing my Complex PTSD and severe SAD--but they never contacted her, or looked at her records from the paperwork, though they were sent in...

      So what do I do? Yes, I'm fairly young, 33. But I have osteoarthritis (getting worse), fibromyalgia, hypothyroid disorder, TBI, Reynaulds, general poor circulation (I'm supposed to spend at least half my day seated with feet way up, doctor's orders), edema, TMJ, PTSD (flashbacks, overlying memory, etc), severe Social Anxiety Disorder (if you've seen me in public, you've probably seen me on 2-4mg clonazapam), chemical sensitivities, migraines (oh god migraines, with no abortives that I can take!); there's more, should I go on???

      There is no way they read all my records. If they had, and they were provided, going back over 6 years, do you think I would have been denied?

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      by LoreleiHI on Mon May 06, 2013 at 10:52:47 AM PDT

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      •  I sincerely hope that you get (2+ / 0-)
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        LoreleiHI, chimene

        all benefits that you are due. I am not trying to say that all of us are perfect or that mistakes are not made. I just was put off by the blanketed portrayal of all SSA employees. It was not the first I had seen just the most recent.

        Since you provided records or at least access to the records, there is no excuse for medical records not being received or requested.

         

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        LoreleiHI, chimene

        After re-reading your comment I am confused.

        but they never contacted her, or looked at her records from the paperwork, though they were sent in...
        How do you know they were sent in if they were not requested? If they were received by SSA/DDS what makes you think they were not used in making your determination?
        There is no way they read all my records. If they had, and they were provided, going back over 6 years, do you think I would have been denied?
        I hear this all day everyday. Everyone thinks they should be considered disabled. I am not trying to sound callous but how do you know we did not review all of your records? If indeed you sent them all (including the ones we did not request for some reason) then what makes you think the disability analyst just blew you off?

        Lastly, I am not a doctor nor do I play one on DailyKos. I do not presume to know if you are disabled or not and cannot make a judgment based on our comments.

        •  Not disrespecting you, just frustrated :) (0+ / 0-)

          My old psychiatry records were sent first because I had them on hand. When we gave them the permissions for my current psychologist (and there wasn't much lag time, maybe a week and a half or so?), she was never contacted. An MD (general practitioner) simply isn't qualified enough in psych work to make a determination in PTSD, and my psychiatry records are 3 years old--out of date.

          She's kind of annoyed.

          As for reading all my records--um. One of my doctors used them to make his case that the hospital system needed to move to computers. My records, if you took them from the 5-7 doctors (depending on the year), took up one of those sliding walls. Granted, that was the system I was in from 9-25, and included 2 MRIs a year and a very bad pregnancy.

          It wasn't about laziness, it was about my knowing the sheer volume of my records. Even the past 6 years. I heard about it when the cases came from Tripler to my current doctor's office! :) You see, I see the doctor every 3 months as a standard, not counting if something goes wrong, like my hair starting to fall out (hypothyroid), or an infection (I'm prone to bronchitis), or an allergic reaction (shellfish sucks, btw).

          Shikata ga nai.

          I'm sure it will all get straightened out, and that everyone is doing there best. :)
           

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          by LoreleiHI on Mon May 06, 2013 at 09:40:30 PM PDT

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