Hi all, i am new here and have replied to a few post. i wanted to do my own discussion to explain my
back problems. this may be a long read.
all disc levels: moderate ddd, moderate reduction in disc height & water content, moderate degenerative facet arthropathy bilaterally.
add c2,3 & c6,7 small disc protrusion..
add c4,5 & c5,6 small disc bulge
add c4,5 neural foramen stenosis
add c5,6 mild osteophyte
add c3,4 medium sized posterior lateral disc herniation to both sides,mild neural foramen
stenosis, mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at diameter 9mm at
mid sagittal line
note: normal spinal canal at this level is ap 17-18mm, therefore how is 9mm only mild to moderate,
and neuro says we have to watch closely because if it gets to 7mm, surgery is warranted..
2mm is not much room to play with. i think 9mm should be considered severe in that case.
t12-l1 , l1-2,l2-3,l4-5,l5-s1 moderate ddd, reduction in disc water & height: l5-6 mild of same
t12-l1, l2-3, mild degenerative facet arthropathy (arthritis) bilaterally; l3-4,l5-s1 mild to moderate;
l1-2,l4-5,l5-s1 small disc bulge
l5-s1 mild neural foramen stenosis
straightening of lumbar spine curvature from t12 to l5
motor & sensory peripheral neuropathy in lower extremities, bilateral sacroilitis, arthritis & tendonitis in knees, myofacial pain in bilat trapezius,osteopenia, anxiety,insomnia
foot disorders: tendonitis in arches of bilat feet, mortons neuroma (left foot), bunions at base of big toes, taylor bunions (small) throughout foot bones, arthritis
for pain: tramadol,darvocet,flexeril, mobic, naproxen, neurontin
topicals: flector patch, voltaren gel
anxiety: amitriptyline (elavil)
stomach upset: prilosec
supplements: potassium, b12, d, folic acid,calcium,
devices: cervical neck brace, cane
symptoms: pain,stiffness, weakness in neck, upper and lower spine, hips,legs,feet, and
frequently arms and hands.
numbness & tingling in feet and toes, and right thumb.
limitations are many as you all know..
current doctors: pcp, rheumatologist, neurologist
social security disability claims:
initially filed in oct 2005, denied at all levels thru appeals council (just denied 3 weeks ago). alj denied in july 2008... c-spine, neuropathy, osteopenia not then diagnosed --appeal attorney currently looking at case to determine if merited to file civil suit in us district court.
new claim filed in feb 2010 with all medical records since july 2008 submitted. ssdi currently gathering the same documents direct from doctors. they have received all but rheumatogist records from dr, as i stalled the doctor sending them until i have a copy of the records to
review & approve. she may add a letter to the records to help me get approved without further fighting.
if new claim is approved, they can set disability onset date as far back as july 2008, maybe further if they so choose. if i am approved on this claim, depending on how far back they go, the original claim is still open to file in circuit court for remand back to alj. and get backpay from this onset date to date of original claim. if the old claim should get filed in circuit court and remanded back to alj, and i go to alj for another hearing (before new claim is decided), the 2 claims will become one.
hopefully the new claim gets approved quickly, so i can get benefits started asap, then settle the old claim for all that backpay.