Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Summer 2013, Issue 9 - Page 19

Make it Personal When Filing for SSDI When it comes to chronic pain medical records are critical but don’t always tell the whole story Cindy worked in the food and restaurant business her entire adult life and had finally become head chef at a popular metropolitan eatery. Now, at the peak of her career, relentless and debilitating chronic pain was making it impossible for her to continue working full time. Because she had paid in to the federally mandated Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program with her FICA payroll taxes, her doctor suggested she file for SSDI. Cindy knew she had excellent medical records documenting her decades-long journey from pre- diagnosis, diagnosis, treatment and her current physical limitations. Although the decision to file for SSDI was difficult, she had peace of mind knowing that she made the right decision, and had her physician’s support. She knew that SSDI was designed exactly for people like her. She had paid into the system for years but couldn’t work because of a severe disability expected to last for more than 12 months. Four months after her initial SSDI application, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied Cindy’s application. Cindy is not alone. More than two-thirds of SSDI initial applications are denied. The denial rate is even higher (about 70 percent) for those with chronic pain due to musculoskeletal diagnosessuch as back disorders and rheumatic conditions, including arthritis and fibromyalgia (FM) . Why were Cindy and so many others who file for SSDI denied? At some point during the ΝΡ…Ρ”₯Ν…‰₯±₯Ρ䁕ѕɡ₯Ή…Ρ₯½ΈM•ΙΩ₯—ŠeΜ€‘L€Ν•ΕΥ•ΉΡ₯…°•Ω…±Υ…Ρ₯½Έ€‘Ρ‘”ΑΙ½•Ν́ΥΝ•ΡΌ‘•₯‘”ΑΙ½Ι…΄•±₯₯‰₯±₯Ρδ€°‘•Θ…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½Έ™•±°Ν‘½ΙΠΈ±Ρ‘½Υ ΅•‘₯…°‘½Υ΅•ΉΡ…Ρ₯½Έ₯́­•δ°Ν½΅•Ρ₯΅•ΟŠQ•ΝΑ•₯…±±δ₯Έ…͕́ݑ•Ι”‘Ι½Ή₯ŒΑ…₯Έ₯́₯ΉΩ½±Ω•“ŠQ₯Ё₯Ν»ŠeЁ•Ή½Υ ΈMM$…ΑΑ±₯…ΉΡ́͑½Υ±ΑΙ½Ω₯‘”΅•‘₯…°ΑΙ½½˜½˜‘Ι½Ή₯ŒΑ…₯Έ…Ή…±ΝΌ½ΉΩ•δ‘½ά‘Ι½Ή₯ŒΑ…₯Έ…Ή½Ρ‘•ΘΝε΅ΑΡ½΅Μ…™™•ΠΡ‘•₯ȁ…‰₯±₯ΡδΡΌέ½Ι¬ΈA•ΙΝ½Ή…°‘₯…Ι䁕ΉΡΙ₯•Μ°‘…₯±δ±½Μ…Ή½‰Ν•ΙΩ…Ρ₯½ΉΜ™Ι½΄™…΅₯±δ°™Ι₯•Ή‘́…Ή½Ρ‘•Ί…Έ‘•±ΐ‘Ʌ܁…Έ…ΥΙ…Ρ”Α₯ΡΥΙ”™½Θ‘₯Ν…‰₯±₯Ρ䁕ᅡ₯Ή•Ί…Ёё”₯Ή₯Ρ₯…°±•Ω•°…Ή™₯ΙΝЁ…ΑΑ•…°°…Ή™½Θ…‘΅₯Ή₯ΝΡΙ…Ρ₯Ω”±…܁©Υ‘•Μ…Ёё”Ν•½Ή…ΑΑ•…°±•Ω•°Έ½Ι‘₯ΉœΡΌΡ‘”MM°…Έ₯Ή‘₯Ω₯‘Υ…³ŠéΝΡ…Ρ•΅•ΉΠ…‰½ΥЁё”₯ΉΡ•ΉΝ₯Ρ䁅ΉΑ•ΙΝ₯ΝΡ•Ή”½˜Α…₯Έ°½Θ…‰½ΥЁё”•™™•ΠΡ‘”Α…₯Έ‘…́½ΈΡ‘”…‰₯±₯ΡδΡΌέ½Ι¬°΅…䁹½Π‰”‘₯ΝΙ•…Ι‘•Ν½±•±δ‰•…ΥΝ”Ρ‘•δ…Ι”Ή½ΠΝΥ‰ΝΡ…ΉΡ₯…Ρ•‰δ½‰©•Ρ₯Ω”΅•‘₯…°•Ω₯‘•Ή”Έ ‘Ι½Ή₯ŒΑ…₯Έ₯́‘₯™™₯Υ±ΠΡΌ‘½Υ΅•ΉΠ‰•…ΥΝ”•Ω•Ιε½Ή”•αΑ•Ι₯•Ή•ΜΑ…₯Έ‘₯™™•Ι•ΉΡ±δΈ9½Π•Ω•Ιε½Ή”₯́±Υ­δ•Ή½Υ ΡΌ‘…Ω”„‘½Ρ½ΘΡ‘…Ё­••Ά‘₯‘±δ‘•Ρ…₯±•Ή½Ρ•ΜΈ-••Α₯Ήœ„Α•ΙΝ½Ή…°©½ΥΙΉ…°½Θ‘…Ω₯Ήœ„™…΅₯±δ΅•΅‰•Θ‘ΌΝΌ½Υ±‘•±ΐ•ΝΡ…‰±₯Ν „Ρ₯΅•±₯Ή”½˜‘₯™™•Ι•ΉΠ…ΡΡ•΅ΑΡ́Ѽ½ΉΡΙ½°Α…₯ΈΈQ‘₯́΅…δ₯Ή±Υ‘”‘₯™™•Ι•ΉΠ΅•‘₯…Ρ₯½ΉΜ…Ήέ‘δΡ‘•δ‘₯½Θ‘₯‘»ŠeЁݽɬ°ΥΝ”½˜„Q9LΥΉ₯Π°Α‘εΝ₯…°Ρ‘•Ι…Α䰁‰Ι…•Μ°…ΥΑΥΉΡΥΙ”°Α…₯ΈΑ…э‘•Μ°ΝΥɝ•Ι₯•Μ…Ή‘₯Ι½ΑΙ…Ρ₯Œ…Ι”ΈM‘…Ι₯Ήœ™ΥΉΡ₯½Ή…°Ι•ΝΡΙ₯Ρ₯½ΉΜέ₯Ρ Α‘εΝ₯₯…ΉΜ₯́₯΅Α½ΙΡ…ΉΠ₯˜Ρ‘•δ‘Ό­••ΐ‘•Ρ…₯±•Ι•½Ι‘ΜΈЁё”₯Ή₯Ρ₯…°…ΑΑ±₯…Ρ₯½Έ±•Ω•°°„L•α…΅₯Ή•Θ½ΉΝ₯‘•Ίё”Ν•Ω•Ι₯Ρ䁽˜Ρ‘”₯΅Α…₯Ι΅•ΉΠ‘Μ€Έ!”½ΘΝ‘”…±ΝΌΡ…­•Μ₯ΉΡΌ…½ΥΉΠ™…Ρ½Ί±₯­”…”°•‘Ս…Ρ₯½Έ…Ήέ½Ι¬•αΑ•Ι₯•Ή”Έ!•Ι”₯́…Έ•αΑ±…Ή…Ρ₯½Έ½˜M½₯…°M•ΥΙ₯ΡηŠé™₯Ω”΅ΝΡ•ΐΑΙ½•Ν́Ѽ‘•Ρ•Ι΅₯Ή”₯˜„‘Ι½Ή₯ŒΑ…₯ΈΑ…Ρ₯•ΉΠΕΥ…±₯™₯•Μ™½ΘMM$()MΥ΅΅•Θ€ΘΐΔ́₯‰Ι½΅ε…±₯„€˜ ‘Ι½Ή₯ŒA…₯Έ()1₯™—Š€ΔηŠ((