I'm in sales so I know the average time span that someone really 'listens' is only 3 minutes. Now my average medical appointment is 60 -90 minutes. I wonder how much is being lost between conversation and medical notes. Any one asked for copies of their own medical records/notes and been able to get them? A long time ago I read that we do own our records and rights to them. I certainly would like to see the past 6 months worth. Just filed my appeal to the private disability company. They use the Department of Labor guidelines that state sales is a sedentary job. I wrote two entire pages rebutting the "sit on my a-- all day" impression. Included arm, neck, back, lower back, finger, eye strain etc. Hope this works. I still haven't found an attorney that will take on a private ins company. And all I have to be is unable to perform ONE aspect of my position. What a lot of hooey. Sorry for the rant - what makes this really upsetting is the same company grants 16 weeks of automatic disability for giving birth! When did childbirth become both an illness and a disablity. I think there's a lot of discrimination going on.