Thursday, August 29, 2013

GUEST POST (Applying for Social Security Disability with Rheumatoid Arthritis)

A big thank you to Ram Meyyappan for submitting this important article. I know a lot of people dealing with RA, Lupus and other Autoimmune Disease issues will have to deal with this issue at some point in their lives. 

Applying for Social Security Disability with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is among the conditions the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers to under certain circumstance meet the severity level requirements for receiving disability benefits through either one or both of the available disability programs.
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis that has progressed to the point that it prevents you from working, then you may be able to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
Technical Qualification for Benefits
Before the SSA reviews any of your medical records and other detailed documentation, they will first determine if you meet the basic technical eligibility requirements for receiving SSD benefits.
  • For SSDI, they must verify you have the required work credits built up from your previous employment.
  • For SSI, they must thoroughly review your financial data to determine if you meet the income and resource limitations for this need-based program.
For specific information on the qualifications for SSDI and SSI, please visit:

Rheumatoid arthritis is considered a potentially disabling condition by the SSA, which means there is a dedicated listing for the condition in the SSA’s Blue Book. That listing is what the SSA will compare your application and medical records to in order to determine if you qualify for disability benefits.
The listing appears in Section 14.09 of the Blue Book and requires at least one of the following is documented in your medical evidence:
  • You experience at least one of the following severe issues in at least one of your major weight-bearing joints or one of the joints that allow you to walk, reach, grasp, or perform other essential functions:

  • Persistent inflammation


  • Severe or progressive deformity

  • You suffer from deformity or inflammation of at least one of your major joints, accompanied by:

  • Severe affects to one of more of your organs or body systems


  • At least two of the following signs autoimmune dysfunction or deficiency: pronounced weight loss, persistent fever, malaise, or severe fatigue.

  • You have spinal inflammation or fused vertebrae with significant spinal deformity and corresponding improper stance

  • Ongoing autoimmune issues, documented by persistent presence of at least two of the symptoms listed above and which also causes you to experience:

    • Pronounced limitations in everyday abilities
    • Loss of social functioning and other daily interactions
    • The inability to complete tasks at a reasonable pace or about of time, accompanied by an inability to concentrate or lack of stamina required for follow through

For more information on qualifying with Rheumatoid Arthritis, please visit:

Submitting Your Application

You can complete and submit your disability application online ( or at your local SSA office. Online application is usually the fastest method, as applying in person requires you schedule an appointment and participate in an in-person interview with an SSA representative.

After filing your claim, be prepared to wait at least four months for a decision. You should also be prepared to receive a denial notice and to file appeals. Almost 60% of claims are denied at the initial application stage. Be sure to file appeals within the allotted 60 days from the date of the denial notice you receive. Respond in a timely manner to any additional requests for information from the SSA as well. Though the application and review processes are long and involved, proceeding through the full procedure is essential to get the benefits you need. You should also strongly consider hiring a disability attorney or advocate if your claim is denied.

Article by Ram Meyyappan
Social Security Disability Help

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rheumie Appointment, Heatwave, My body has been invaded.

Hey, I'm still here! I know I said I would be posting all these updates etc.  I can't seem to get my body to cooperate it decided to attack me yet again. 

Yesterday I saw my Rheumie, it went fairly quick,  something like this:

Dr. Rheum: "How is your medication working?" 

Me: "I can't really tell I have been too stressed and flared to notice a difference."

Dr. Rheum: "Does this hurt"? (He pokes my neck and back and arms)

Me: Trying not to yell out in pain. I failed!

Dr. Rheum: "You're in rough shape, or something to that effect."

I left with a new prescription to help with Sjogren's. My eyes have been so dry that it has caused my vision to blur.  
Then I'm off to bloodwork and to book another appointment.

We now have 5 hours of running around town between appointments. I have this nasty bug it
 has crawled into my throat, nose and head. I feel like I swallowed a watermelon, every sip of water burns my throat, I can barely breathe. My head feels like it is going to explode. 
I had a bad dream I saw Hannah Montana dancing with a bunch of teddy bears on MTV the other night! What other explanation could there be for that than this bad virus? It can't be reality!

It has been a week of 90 degree weather plus humidity. I shouldn't complain, soon we will be buried in snow and I will be begging to be flown to another state. I swear a part of me melted onto the tailgate of our truck at the dirt track Friday night. 

I will TRY and get back on track here soon, in the meantime if you can suggest a hosting site to me that would be great. I will leave you with a quote from the sign my son and his fiancee gave me the other day. " Ever stop to think and forget to start again"

That's me in a nutshell the past few months!

I do have a guest post that will be up tomorrow stay tuned
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hiatus? Stress? Real Life? Crazy Train? Tigers, Lions and Bears? That too!

Yes, I know I haven't posted for a long time! Okay I posted a few hops but I haven't "written" anything since well I would have to look back. Who wants to look back? Not me! So let's move forward, I have plenty of things I'm behind on. Big news as far as IAAM goes. A couple of posts to do with items I have received. Lots to show from summer, and I will be migrating this blog soon as well. I need a fresh start in a lot of areas of my life, so that is to come as well. For now, I hope you all are enjoying summer and I will be posting more regularly soon! 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August Chain "Linky" Climb

 God’s Growing Garden

  This is what said about the CLIMB and being a co-host:  "I noticed a definite increase in my facebook following and I also went over 100 GFCs for the first time after hosting. I now have 543 followers on Facebook up from less than 200. I also saw an increase in my bloglovin traffic, going from just 20 followers to 85."

So you see - Networking really does work!!!

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_________________Follow the Host & ALL of the co-hosts below_______________

Host:  Angie @ 
Co-hosts:  Sara @
                    Lorna @
            Susan @ To celebrate my little sister's birthday there will be a special "twitter boost" during this month's CLIMB.  A "Twitter boost" means that on the date of my sister's birthday (Sometime in August - I'm not telling you that date ahead of time hehehehe) - I will promote each blog on twitter that has linked up to the CLIMB by that date (in other words - I will send out 1 tweet per blog on that special day). 
So link up early in the month!!

use #BlogCLIMB to follow along on twitter

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The Host - Angie from will be giving a FREE "Weekly Ad" space to anyone who co-hosts this Blog Climb !
(The Ad will run live a few weeks after you have co-hosted)

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