Bipolar 2, Total Knee Replacement Revision: Apply for Disability?

Posted by amberpep @amberpep, Mar 22, 2018

Hi everyone. I have not been here for awhile, so a lot of you probably don’t know my story. It’s just hard to get moving a lot of days. Anyhow, I’m 73, divorced, and have moved closer to where my 2 girls live, about 4 hours away from my “home” …. that was 3 years ago. I do get S.S. and my son does help me a bit. Several years before I moved here, I had a breakdown, and have been diagnosed with Bipolar 2. I also had a total knee replacement 5 years ago, and 1 year afterwards had to have a revision (a total re-doing of the TKR) The ups and downs are crazy making, and while they’re not as severe as Bipolar 1, I’m heavier on the depression side. A “manic” time would be just normal for others. I drive back to my therapist every other week, and also see my Psychiatrist afterward for the medication Rx’s. Several people down here where I now live have told me I should apply for disability since I just don’t have the push most days to do anything. I’m tired, worn out, and just want to be left alone …. I don’t want to work, but if I must I must. Can any of you give me any input on what qualifies a person for disability? Thanks.
abby

I was 55 when I applied for disability, but when I turned 65, Social Security dropped the disability part of my label. But I still benefit from a number of services locally because the Seniors with Disabilities office continues to work with me.

Jim

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@christy363

If you are 73 years old, you qualify for Social Security. You shouldn’t apply for disability. They will not approve Social security + Disabilty. I recieve Disability each month and when I turn 65 I will qualify for social security and my disability payments will stop. The check will be for the same amount of money I received under disability.
If your getting Social Security that’s all the government will pay you. If this is the case, look into your State and county’s Eldercare programs. There are many programs available to seniors and disabled people you may not be aware exist.

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@christy363
Good point! I didn't even pick up that she posted her age. How was the process of applying and waiting for disability for you? I was denied and now am seeking an attorneys help.

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@christy363

If you are 73 years old, you qualify for Social Security. You shouldn’t apply for disability. They will not approve Social security + Disabilty. I recieve Disability each month and when I turn 65 I will qualify for social security and my disability payments will stop. The check will be for the same amount of money I received under disability.
If your getting Social Security that’s all the government will pay you. If this is the case, look into your State and county’s Eldercare programs. There are many programs available to seniors and disabled people you may not be aware exist.

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Try not to use a lawyer. They will get a large amount of your claim. My advice is to file the claim yourself. This time it is very important to give QUANTITATIVE Measures to questions. How much can you lift? 5 pounds. How long can you stand? 5 minutes unassisted. Sitting? In a state what type of chair you can sit for X number of minutes. These are very important in completing the application.

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@christy363

If you are 73 years old, you qualify for Social Security. You shouldn’t apply for disability. They will not approve Social security + Disabilty. I recieve Disability each month and when I turn 65 I will qualify for social security and my disability payments will stop. The check will be for the same amount of money I received under disability.
If your getting Social Security that’s all the government will pay you. If this is the case, look into your State and county’s Eldercare programs. There are many programs available to seniors and disabled people you may not be aware exist.

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I filled out the forms online, met with a counselor who reviewed my case (I think they wanted to make sure I was a real person) and from the date I applied to approval was 90 days. They back dated my payments to the beginning of that year. No lawyers. I’m grateful to have completed it when I did; I thought I’d be out of the workforce for maybe a year. I had another surgery on my cervical spine that ruined any chance of recovery. Now, I’m permanently disabled and have to fight every month for medication. I had no idea that when people are at there most vulnerable they are treated with such disrespect!

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@christy363

If you are 73 years old, you qualify for Social Security. You shouldn’t apply for disability. They will not approve Social security + Disabilty. I recieve Disability each month and when I turn 65 I will qualify for social security and my disability payments will stop. The check will be for the same amount of money I received under disability.
If your getting Social Security that’s all the government will pay you. If this is the case, look into your State and county’s Eldercare programs. There are many programs available to seniors and disabled people you may not be aware exist.

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@christy363

Can you tell us what you've been dealing with regarding getting medications?

My doctor had to set a daily limit of 100mg of opioids a year ago, and last week he told me that now it's down to 60mg. I'm taking 15mg of morphine sulfate contin three times a day, and he told me he wouldn't give me any more. I'm going to appeal to the pain specialist when I see him on the 19th, because I need a higher dosage. I was taking 30mg three times a day, and my pain is increasing as the neuropathy progresses.

It's sad that pain control has become a political issue. Many people are being affected.

Jim

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@christy363

If you are 73 years old, you qualify for Social Security. You shouldn’t apply for disability. They will not approve Social security + Disabilty. I recieve Disability each month and when I turn 65 I will qualify for social security and my disability payments will stop. The check will be for the same amount of money I received under disability.
If your getting Social Security that’s all the government will pay you. If this is the case, look into your State and county’s Eldercare programs. There are many programs available to seniors and disabled people you may not be aware exist.

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I'm dealing with the same issues as everyone else across the US.
Although the CDC is now saying these were guidelines, not law, the data was bad not based on evidenced-based science; they opened a Pandora’s box for both politicians and insurance companies.
If a doctor prescribes over a certain limit, the DEA will red flag the practice and it gives insurance companies a reason to deny coverage.
There are practices that no matter what the diagnosis will only prescribe 40 MME’s.
How does that make sense?
All painful conditions are not equivalent!
Why? Because there’s a segment of society that does not value life and will inject anything into their bodies knowing that they could die!
Side note:
Yesterday, I read a news article about 3 hospital admissions due to IV injection of wasp poison and methamphetamine combo.
The government is imposing guidelines on legitimate chronic pain patients to prevent these drug addicts from killing themselves.
Their parents go to DC. appealing to our government to stop the deaths yet they often leave out the ugly side of the death. I’m sure their child may have had a future and looked sweet at 12 years old. By the time they died at 19-30 years old, that potential was gone and take away all the prescription drugs on the market, they will find another chemical to shoot into their veins!

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@christy363

If you are 73 years old, you qualify for Social Security. You shouldn’t apply for disability. They will not approve Social security + Disabilty. I recieve Disability each month and when I turn 65 I will qualify for social security and my disability payments will stop. The check will be for the same amount of money I received under disability.
If your getting Social Security that’s all the government will pay you. If this is the case, look into your State and county’s Eldercare programs. There are many programs available to seniors and disabled people you may not be aware exist.

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@christy363 I am so with you. I think this Opioid crisis is simply cruel to people who are suffering from severe and chronic pain. OH they talk all over the news these stories about people who have lost their loved ones because of shooting drugs and believe me if I lost a child or someone dear to me because of them I don't know how I would go on. But I personally don't know how I personally will go own w/o my pain meds. People shouldn't have to suffer because of other peoples mistakes. I tell you suicide rates will go sky high. But I wonder why you never hear these stories on tv or in the newspaper of social media. Who is keeping them quite. Something doesn't sound so kosher when you think about it. Were is our voice? why is it not being heard?

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