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Anyone ever had a social security review?
allybigcat posted:
I filled out the short form. I understand that some folks receive the long form.

This is the first review I've had in the 7 years I've been on SSDI.

I see my pcp every 6 months.

I sure hope I'm not kicked off my SSDI! I'd be lying if I say that I'm more than a little anxious.

I will be 59 this December. Lol, I hope this will be in my favor.

I'm pretty knowledgable about what I need to know regarding SSDI. but still.

As well, I have my name in a very nice senior housing complex in a nearbye suburb. If I were kicked off ssdi. It may slow down my getting into the place. Of course, I can reapply when I turn 60, but if, for example, an apt opened up for me before age 60, I'd worry I'd be denied it if I was going thru an appeals process to regain my ssdi. Dunno how long said process takes when appealing being kicked off.

Just hope this blows over and soon. If not, I'll be living on my savings. Honestly, I can hardly 'get out of my own way', let alone work even part time. My last job I'd worked 1 1/2 hours a day cleaning an office and managed to handle it...just. Now I can't imagine working even that small amount. I live on the 3rd floor and it's been hard to go up and down thr stairs for years. Again, I manage, but it's an ordeal.

Thank you for reading!
dollbug responded:
Hello allybigcat...MiMi in NC. Are you on SSI or SSD?

I do not know exactly what kind of review form you are referring to. Perhaps this is something that is done every so many years. You say it is the first one you have received in 7 years? It seems quite odd to me, unless it is something new that the system has come up with. I would hope that the system does NOT think that disabled people can all of a sudden get well enough to go back to work. I know that this did happen to my he had cancer and did improve enough to go back to work. It was just as hard to get his disability stopped as it was to get it approved. Go figure. Like I have said...the system is BROKEN.

I hope it is nothing for you to worry about...but in this day and time we never know.

Take care and good luck.


allybigcat replied to dollbug's response:

Thankyou for your reply. I'm so sorry that your husband had cancer; I hope he no longer has it. That's such a tough disease and so scary.

I'm on Social security disability. I don't collect ssi; I have too many assess, and, as well, I don't want it. I manage without it.

From my reading, this review is routine...even after 7 years. I've been told I have little to worry about, but I don't take anything for granted.

I see my pcp regularly so I know I can obtain additional documentational updates.

Indeed, I would hope that SS would know that few people recover from fms. We just cope with it. Most times, thr course of it is downhill. For some folks, it's a slow course; for others, it's speedy and terribly disabling. I do hope I will always be able to take care of myself and remain ambulatory. Whew, I hope this is the 1 and only review I have to go thru.
bette_kaffitz replied to allybigcat's response:

Hi. What is big brother going to do next? I guess it's because the Social Security system is running out of money sooner than was planned.

I don't know if you are aware of this, but for those of us over 55, the requirements to prove your disability are less strict. I would assume that this goes for any recertification process, too.

This is scary though. I am sure that your doctor would help you as needed, but why should you be put through this at this late date.

Perhaps, the SS Administration is under the mistaken opinion that Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella have made such a dent in our illness that most of us can go back to life as it was before fibro. What a laugh! Many of us cannot tolerate any meds. The ones that can take them usually feel somewhat better but that does not mean that they are able to take on a job.

I seem to remember having to fill out some forms several years after I went on SSDI. I called my lawyer's office and was told to fill them out and send them to his office--that they would handle it from there. I never heard a word back from the lawyer or SS. That was over 10 years ago.

Try not to worry about this--worry leads to stress, and we all know what that does to your fibro. Do your best to answer any questions, get it back in the mail, and go on with your life.

And stay as well and pain free as possible.

allybigcat replied to bette_kaffitz's response:
Bette, thank you so much for your reply.

I do know there are milestones when it comes to SSDI. Indeed, 55 is one of them as is 50 and 60. I'll say this: I was in better shape when I first applied for SSDI.

I'm glad you'd brought up the fms drugs. From what I've seen on their tv ads, the side effects alone are enough to deter me! Too, I have GERD and stage 1 hypertension and I have heard that NSAIDS raise blood pressure as many drugs do. I take only one med... And that's for the hypertension. ( some of the fms drugs can cause suicidal ideation in many folks. Who needs that?!)

As I'm nearly 59, I would say that I'd be very surprised if I WERE kicked off SSDI. Too, as I was considered significantly disabled from the fms when I'd initially applied for SSDI, and am now worse, I am trying to feel confident that I'll be continued on it.

I filled out the form, and sent it back the same day I received it.
boop1967 responded:
Hi my sister also received a letter from ssdi after 7 years .She also sent it back they had her see a couple specialist that they had recommended after seeing Dr's of there choice she was continued on ssdi without interruptions.hope all goes well for you.
allybigcat replied to boop1967's response:
Bloop, thank you for your reply telling me about your sister's experiences. Hopefully, my drs being sent forms and filling them out will be all that happens. I sure don't want to go to a SS doc; I haven't heard the best about them.

Indeed, hope I'm continued on benefits, too.
allybigcat responded:
"Thank you for contacting the Social Security Administration.

Don't worry about it. You still continue your benefit. They just to know for sure. That's all."

An email I'd received from SSA after I'd emailed them asking what I should expect from a review.


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