Appeal info in Second 1st

  • May 6, 2022, 8:04 a.m.
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So, I called yesterday to get information on the appeal process and got the email this morning for instructions. Attached to the instructions is a sort of list stating bits of information leading them to believe I’d have no trouble working. This is the information they got from the doctor:
Medical records on file note that you were seen for an initial evaluation by Dr. Derwenskus, Neurology on April 13, 2022. It was noted that you were seen for tiredness and dizziness; you had advised Dr. Derwenskus that your headaches improved with one bad one every 2 weeks related to the weather and that the dizziness only occurs when you overdo things.

Here’s the problem. I am understating how I feel? Overdoing things is subjective. I get dizzy putting on shoes and socks in the morning. Putting the cloths in the dryer, and unloading the dishwasher. Sitting and standing too fast, walking down the hallway from the living room to the bedroom or bathroom. I can’t visit more than 3 stores in a day because of overstimulation. I don’t drive for the same reason. (The exceptions are 1 store 1 day close by, yeah I do that) Any stress and I’m a mess… like now… sigh The longer I push myself the worse the dizziness gets. I have learned when to take breaks and that has been a savior for many days. There is no stop and chill at work. The limit to how much is too much is much lower than the lowest threshold I would need to do my job.

Additionally, it was noted that you feel better walking fast, and are considering getting a cochlear implant, that you have normal vision, no numbness, tingling, or weakness, and
that your memory is fine.

Not what I said. I said walking fast is like running on a tight rope. Is the cochlear implant working against me? why is it even mentioned here?

There is no plan or follow-up noted. The most recent medical records received and
reviewed do not support functional restrictions or limitations beyond April 13, 2022, the current approval date, for any diagnosis.

No, follow-up noted? I’m scheduled for another MRI on the 19th of this month to see if there is some other problem with my neck to make sure that is not why I’m getting dizzy.

You must submit a written request for a review within 180 days of the receipt of this letter. If you do not make this request within that time, you will have waived your right to appeal this determination. The request should state any reasons why you feel this determination is incorrect and you should include any comments, documents, records, and/or other information that supports your claim. In particular, include evidence not already contained in your claim file to support your claim for benefits. *

I sent an email back asking if I need to write out the letter and fax it or if I can type out a letter and email it. I’m not sure how to submit evidence other than telling them what I deal with on the daily and informing the doctor of the same.

The A/C people are scheduled to be here at 9. Another hour. I’ll deal with that and if I don’t have a response to my inquiry by the time they are done I’ll call to get an answer.

In the meantime, I’ll work on the letter I intend to send and message the doctor about the inconsistent information. Running on a tight rope may be easier than walking but it is not easy. smh

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