Thanks, jammer. My condition is chronic intractable migraine. Because my specialist had noted that my current treatment (started not long ago) tends to have success in a lot of cases (because it does), the nurse said that technically I haven’t gotten to a point where we’ve exhausted the possibilities and have no hope of becoming well again. Unfortunately for me, most of the many treatments I’ve tried have a certain success rate…but not in my case. So she said to appeal if this doesn’t end up working. sigh. Having been off work for over a year certainly seems prolonged to ME, but I see where they can find the basis to deny it if they use that reasoning.
I do plan to appeal. I see my specialist again this week. The nurse was helpful and not at all intimidating to speak with, and did mention that CPP-D is often much harder to qualify for than LTD through employers insurance plans - for example, my insurance company needs proof that I cannot work my own occupation, whereas CPP has a broader scope and has strict legislation behind it. I don’t think I’m explaining that quite right though.
I’ll pass it along to my lawyer when I get the letter and see what he recommends.