Appointment with SS Psychiatrist

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by LindaD., Nov 7, 2002.

  1. LindaD.

    LindaD. New Member

    I got a call today from Social Security. He asked me questions about my medicines. He asked if I had been treated for depression before or after I learned I had FMS, which the answer was before.
    Now, my question is this: I am not afraid to go to their doctor. I don't have a psychiatrist of my own at this time.
    By the time all this is over, I will probably end up with one and a list of medicines a mile long.
    What can I expect; what I mean is: do they have an already prepared list of questions or is this an individual thing?
    I won't get noticed until a week or two according to this man, and he assured me I won't have to travel around the world that the doctor appointed will be in my area.
    Would appreciate any feedback.
    Thanks,
    LindaD.
  2. LindaD.

    LindaD. New Member

    I got a call today from Social Security. He asked me questions about my medicines. He asked if I had been treated for depression before or after I learned I had FMS, which the answer was before.
    Now, my question is this: I am not afraid to go to their doctor. I don't have a psychiatrist of my own at this time.
    By the time all this is over, I will probably end up with one and a list of medicines a mile long.
    What can I expect; what I mean is: do they have an already prepared list of questions or is this an individual thing?
    I won't get noticed until a week or two according to this man, and he assured me I won't have to travel around the world that the doctor appointed will be in my area.
    Would appreciate any feedback.
    Thanks,
    LindaD.
  3. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    For LindaD..............

    Shalom, Shirl
  4. JadeRoze

    JadeRoze New Member

    Linda, I found the tests to be a real waste of my time and energy. First we get a parking place (hubby drove me) and next we opened the door to a flight of stairs! There were thirty going up and guess what? thirty coming back down.

    They gave me timed tests of puting blocks in certain order after showing me a picture. Math tests. Memorie tests. Asked how stressed I was and how often I went out alone. They couldn't believe hubby took me just about everywhere.

    There were two doctors. First one did the testing part and the second one just asked me a lot of questions which were pretty much the first one used but phrased differently.

    They wanted to know why I felt why I couldn't work anymore and I tried to expalin how withthe pain in my whole body, feet included I was doing well to get out of the bed. I didn't come away with any warm fuzzies and their comments on my form to the lawyer mentioned I should be able to do retail work.

    Once I got my lawyer he sent out letters stateing I was not to see or speak to any other doctors without His approval. I hope your visit goes well and I wouldn't worry about doing 'well' or 'not'. I don't know how they judge us oddballs but my fisit was a real let down.
  5. JudieV

    JudieV New Member

    Social Security is a joke with their docs & exams. Bottem line is they get paid to turn you down! The first time they made me go to 4 different docs...........including the shrink........The funny part was I was a Clinical Nurse Specialtist in the field of psychiatry & addiction! They said I could have faked the tests.......LOL! Like & really had the energy to do that........I was turned down the first time for 1> being too young..........they sated I was 42 when I was 52.......2> wrong diagnosis!not what I was applying on! 3> I was over-educated.......like educated people can't get sick! and last but not least I was mailingaring on the psych test because & was a nurse specialist.

    I turned it over to a lawyer & within 5 months I not only got it but they had to pay it for the 5 months they made me wait!

    Hang in there! The system eventually works.

    Gentle hugs
    JudieV
  6. achy

    achy New Member

    I decided to be open & honest before i walked int eh door.
    He was nice, he had a list of guestions supplied by SS.
    Was I abused - do I drink/smoke - how was my marrage -
    did silly questions like what do orange & banana have in common - math problems, etc.
    You should have seen the look on his face when I told him I saw a ghost! ROFL
    His final answer was I am on too many meds (no S_IT)
    & I need counciling. It took about an hour.
    Oh yeah, one thing that helped I was extremely depressed this whole week & didn't try to hide it. For once feeling like I'm in a hole with no ladder paid off.
    Good luck...be yourself & be honest
    Achy
  7. PEACH

    PEACH New Member

    Dear Linda: I am from Canada so perhap's it is different here then for you if you are in the U>S>A> I waited a year for this appointment to come to a set date and was sent a list of 5 Doctor's and I was to pick one of the five Doctor's. I got to attend this appointment on my birthday(after all that is what I do for a livng now visit Doctor's ..lol. It took just a little under two hour's to get thru the test. He just asked me a lot of question's about how I manage thing's now asking where I was having the most difficulty and so on. But as I said it may be different for you. One thing I would like for you to take to this appointment this illness is not all in your head and don't let anyone tell you different unless they aer talking about neurotransmitters.
    Sincerely Peach
    Best wishes to you for this appointment.