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Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:37 pm Post
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Is severe sleep apnea considered a disability under Social Security and does anyone here receive benefits from this disorder, even if you have other disabilities?[/quote
I receive disability for sleep apnea, COPD and obesity.l]


Yes I have SSDI, I sent my records directly to social security from my doctors, showing that I have sleep apnea, uncontrolable high blood pressure, lymphedema on both legs, heart failure and chronic depression and homelessness, I lost both of my jobs after 28+ years of nonstop hard work, a decission was made base on the years of hard work I put in the system and all the problems I have with my condition, they offer me SSDI also with a work ticket to earn more money under social security programs, I'm gracefully I have a new start in life, I use to live in new york, now I live in north carolina, life is wonderful, I'm healing but my sleep apnea and uncontrolable high blood pressure keep me from going back to hard labour work, I not allow to lift more than 20 pounds to keep pressure of the heart. I watch my diet and eat very health and go for daily walks, but I miss working.
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Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:41 am Post
According the the Social Security Administration's Blue Book on disabling conditions that qualify for SSDI, sleep apnea would make you eligible to receive benefits. What you really need to do in order to be awarded benefits though is to show how your sleep apnea has negatively affected your ability to perform not only your job but any job. Also, you probably want to hire a specialized Social Security Disability lawyer to make sure you have all the proper paperwork filled out, and to have someone in your corner at your hearing with the administrative law judge(if your case gets to that point). I wish I had all this information when I applied for benefits 3 years ago with sleep apnea and other disabling conditions. Go to if you need any more info on sleep apnea and the whole SSDI application process.


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Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:30 am Post
acecommander wrote
Is severe sleep apnea considered a disability under Social Security and does anyone here receive benefits from this disorder, even if you have other disabilities?


Hi ace!

I do have Social Security Disability.

You are not thinking correctly in terms of applying for SSD. They do not care what you have, they care what you are and are not able to do. Not so much why.

Yes, they will be looking at everything every doctor has to say. They must show due diligence as the issue affects all of us.

The attitude I took as I responded to my daughter's advise (seconded by my son and a help organization I was working with at the time) was frankly to hope I would not qualify. My first application was denied (from what I hear, that is pretty much common) so I ramped up making work work. I failed and re-applied. No lawyer - second try - got it.

I must say, however, that things seemed to move along rather quickly in the case after I reminded a neurologist in the sleep study department of my lowest Blood Oxygen level (SpO2 nadir). It was 55% and that is indeed extremely low. At that point I knew and I think a bit helped him know that my disability stems from millions of apneas over decades. When they start going as deep as 55% then the damage is also likely to be deep. This tracks with my life experience as well.

I do have a good mind and I love to use it and am frustrated when it does not work, however, when it does work or even partially work people see what I can do at that time and wonder why I should have disability. The truth is that falling apart is something most of us do in the quite of our own rooms. If we are considering going out for whatever reason but see that we are falling apart the thought of being out when we are like that is too embarrassing. So people see us at our best and think the worst of us. I really hate that!!!

In the whole process it was useful to me to look back and track my own performance. The development of my disability was very obvious.

I still hold out hope I will get better. Even if I do not, I intend to enjoy the ride and help out as much as I can.

May we all be useful!

Todzo


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Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:19 pm Post
Yes the social security administration recognizes severe sleep apnea under its medical listing, section 3.0 under respiratory systems if you can meet the requirements. I can help you further if your would like.


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Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:57 am Post
hello oharvey,

I'm a 55yo guy who has had apnea for about 20 years. I've gone through 10 sleep studies, every CPAP configuration imaginable, tons of medications, and even MMA surgery. All have failed me and I have lost the ability to continue as a software engineer. I have severe memory impairment, poor judgement, bad impulse control (verbal). I'm a zombie at the office and it does not go unnoticed.

My biggest problem is finding a sleep doctor who will support me in this. My own sleep doctors would never concede that they had 'failed', and would just start me on a new CPAP machine. I've been down that road too many times.

If you can help me please reach out. I'm not sure how people make private contact here.

thx


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Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:34 pm Post
I have had type 1 diabetes for twenty years. As it has became progressively worse and harder to deal with, I have hard a harder and harder time with not having any energy or ambition. About a year ago I filed for disability. I have worked for the rail road for over twent years but come up just short of twenty on months of service. All of that prob doesn't make any sence but what it boils down to is instead of getting occupational disability I had to apply for full. A month ago my dr suggested I do a sleep study after complaining yet again about being tired all of the time and having no energy. I was diagnosed with severe OSA. I averaged about 1episode a minute and my oxygen dropped down to 53. My question was has anyone else experienced the same thing and did it help their case, or better yet did they recover a more normal life.


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I also suffer from diabetic neuropathy and anxiety. My case has been denied twice and I finally hired an attorney a couple months ago. Before I found out about the apnea


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Hi, I have received Social Security Disability, and I would prefer to work.

My experience with the Social Security would cause me to say. Whatever the worst story you have ever heard about an insurance company, like John Grisham's, "The Rainmaker," the Social Security Administration is worse.

Social Security Administration (SSA) will game you to use you against your own best interest, and will outright lie to you.

In any event, you should remain good natured, polite, and never raise your voice at them. SSA has special, even worse things they do to those who are belligerent, foul mouthed, and even worse things for those who are threatening. If you want your paperwork lost, then yell at the SSA.

To win your rights. First of all the SSA will tell you that they will get your medical records. "Do Not Trust Them." Instead, as nearly simultaneous to your applying for disability benefits, go to the Medical Doctors who are related to the health problems you have, and yourself request that they send your medical records to the SSA (you must sign a HIPPA statement that gives your doctors office permission to sent the records) AND get a copy of your medical files for yourself. Keep in mind that you can Not send your medical records to the SSA yourself. Insofar as fraud, I have been in homeless shelters from one coast to the other, and I have never met anyone who bragged about getting getting a SS payment they did not deserve. I have met people who bragged about all kinds of other crimes, robbing, some crimes that make me want to throw up.

You will likely end up going to a SS hearing before a law judge and, might be, there be surprised that the reason you have been denied is because there are either no medical records at all, or a very minimal record.

The SSA will initially deny your claim. If you look at the date between the application and when they made the decision, you will (at least what happened in my case in the 1980's) find that they could not have made a decision with your medical records being on hand. The folks making the decision is called the, "Disability Determination Unit" which is, run by the state government. You will never get to speak with them, nor even know who they are.

You must never let the SSA discourage you into quitting you claim, that is what they want.

To my knowledge, you will have to get an attorney to win your case. Another way to put additional pressure on the SSA is to communicate with your local Congressman and US Senators office. Quite often, the SSA will play fast and loose with following the laws and rules, until they know that their actions are being watched, monitored by a Congressman's office. Making the SSA follow the rules is one of the reasons you must have an attorney.

The downside of an attorney is that one must give them one third of your back payments. The longer it takes for your case to be decided, the more money the lawyers get. Your attorney has little interest in settling your case really quickly.

Not sure what the waiting period is now, but I have heard it takes on average two years to get your payments started. In addition, right now I have heard that there is a huge back log of cases. Baby boomers can not find jobs, and really do have disabling health problems, which they wanted to still go to work with, so they have started applying for Disability. If Mitt Romney gets elected, then the delay is likely to get worse. One of the problems with the way the system currently works, the individual is punished for having long delayed applying for disability in that they decision of the size of their payment is based upon the last few years before they applied. Those years when you were disabled and gamely trying to be employed is going to make the size of your payment smaller. You can not appeal the decision of how much money you will receive. Medicare does not start with your first payment/check. There is an ever changing game of when Medicare starts, I think now a year after the first payment, that would be on average, three years after applying for SS.

I wait for someone to come in and tell me how I am wrong in what I say. I just have my experience in another decade.
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