I have recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid polyarthritis and I am just starting my LTD (As of this post, I have not yet received my first payment), which will last for 2 years. I am wondering when is a good time to apply for CPP disability benefits? Should I wait until after my 2-year LTD runs out or should I apply right away?
I have been off work since 4 Nov. 2016. I cannot stand or sit for long periods. I also have a hard time walking, which is always more difficult the longer I need to walk. I have difficulty with wrist and hand strength which makes it difficult for me to type for long periods or even open jar or carry a plate of food with one hand. Generally, my day-to-day existence has changed drastically. I have difficulties with the most basic tasks of shoe tying or getting dressed.
My medication has recently been switched to the disease modifying type (DMARDS) and although they have greatly helped with reducing the daily pain I felt. The damage already done by this disease has not seemed to improve my ability to function as I did before… at least not at this point. I have only been taking these DMARDS for about 3 weeks.
I hope you can answer this question. If you need more information, just let me know.