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yasmina27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 10:37 PM
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Disability retirement
I am applying for disability retirement after 22+ years of teaching.

I have:

*Lumber spinal fusion L3-5 with continuous pain
*Gastric and esophageal ulcers w/ metaplasia
*Severe depressive/anxiety disorder
*Some problem with my cervical spine via xray; see my neurosurgeon on 11/11. At random, and
frequent times, my hand tingles and goes numb from my fingertips to just above the elbow

If I am on disability retirement, can I also apply for SSDI? Even though I understand it's very hard to get.
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 10:51 PM
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1. good grief
I have C3-4 and C7 congenital deformities, gastric and esophageal probs, congenital knee deformities, brain angioma and never would I think of getting disability ect. Husband has early onset of Parkinson's and cannot write or walk... we don't ask for a dime.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 11:20 PM
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2. that's your choice.
it's also your money that you pay into. social security is not just for retirement. it's for disability too. when you get SSDI you're also eligible for medicare.
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Jeep789 Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 11:24 PM
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4. I don't understand your post
Are you able to work or not? Is your husband able to work or not? You must know that retiring early due to a disability cuts one's retirement and people don't normally do it unless they are not able to work, so is your post just meant to be spiteful?

I'm glad you are not asking for anything cause I doubt I would want to give you anything.
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 11:33 PM
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5. nice
have several businesses with 70 employees and we help many young men with drug addictions or prison records find a trade. Don't need anything from you.... we give and don't take
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-02-09 02:50 AM
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7. wow
I would think someone going through all that might have a little empathy or compassion for someone with some similar problems, but apparently that's not always the case. There's no need to make others feel guilty on this forum. Good grief indeed.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-02-09 07:59 AM
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8. Apparently you are still capable
of working. I assume your husband isn't working in his condition. It must be very difficult for you working in your condition.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-02-09 08:06 AM
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9. Why the "good grief"?
I don't understand the tone of your post.

You would never 'think' (consider?) getting disability? What if your condition worsened? Congenital deformities CAN worsen. As a matter of fact both you and your husband might require full time care, eventually. Are you wealthy?

You don't believe the OP is 'deserving' of help? Are you a Republican? Usually Republicans are against social programs, even those that are paid for by the very people they are designed to help.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 11:21 PM
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3. i don't think you can get both.
Edited on Sun Nov-01-09 11:22 PM by DesertFlower
call social security and ask them. good luck to you. i hope you feel better soon.
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ChicagoSuz219 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 11:37 PM
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6. Call Social Security... they're open 24/7...
I think their number is on the website www.socialsecurity.gov

They're always very nice & helpful when I call... they can answer any questions you might have.

Good luck!
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yasmina27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-04-09 04:47 PM
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10. Thanks to all who kindly replied
I'm not asking for anything I haven't already paid into. I was just wondering if you can get both, as I honestly don't know. I'm not looking for medicare, as my husband will continue to carry health insurance for us.
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yasmina27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-17-09 03:19 PM
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11. I got the answer.....
.....Yes. You can be on both.
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-23-10 07:49 PM
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12. What exactly is disability retirement? never heard of that one before.
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peteykgirl Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-09-10 04:34 AM
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13. depressed
you are more likely to get disability from depression than all your other ailments. they are REAL weird and hard to get it for back problems. but, i got mine pretty easy for my depression. i'd put depression at the TOP of your list. my state funded center told me how to fill forms and filed for me- so they could get paid. i got rejected once and breezed through on my second filing. bi-polar and anxiety don't count as disable--go figure.
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