I really need to vent so I hope this will not be too long. I was approved for SSA Disability in Aug. 2005, but did not start receiving my monthly benefits until Dec. 2005. The reason for the delay was that my primary doctor had to sign and fax documents stating I did not need a Representative Payee and I could manage my own money. I thought I would receive my back money shortly after my benefits started but boy was I WRONG!!! My lawyer called today to see if I had received my back money because he hadn't received his fee yet. I told them "No" and they said they would call the payment center to see what the hold up was. Well, guess what? They are now holding my back money because the signed paperwork from my doctor stating that I don't need a Representative Payee is no longer in my file and they can't find it anywhere. So now I again have to go to the SSA office tomorrow, sign more documents for them to send to my primary doctor to sign and fax back to them. There wasn't even an apology and they acted as if it was my fault. The gentleman that I had been talking to each time I had a question, was no gentleman today. He just plainly said "The documents are no where to be found so this discussion is over. You just need to come back in and start over again. It's not a big deal, and don't call me any more on this matter." I was furious. It may not be a big deal to him but it is a huge deal for me. I have doctor bills piled up waiting for payment. Maybe I will take them to him tomorrow so he can pay them and see if he says "it's no big deal". It's bad enough to be sick, but then you have to put up with this stuff. SSA never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for letting me vent.