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Guidry v. US Commissioner Social Security Administration

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Lafayette Division

October 25, 2018

LETTY TEREASA GUIDRY
v.
US COMMISSIONER SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

          ORDER

          CAROL B. WHITEHURST UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Before the Court is an appeal of the Commissioner's finding of non-disability. Considering the administrative record, the briefs of the parties, and the applicable law, the Court finds that the Commissioner's decision should be AFFIRMED.

         I. Background

         The claimant, Letty Tereasa Guidry, was born on October 5, 1963. R. 7-1, p. 83. On December 11, 2013, when she was fifty years old, Ms. Guidry applied for a period of disability and disability insurance benefits, alleging a disability onset date of September 2, 2012, the date of her myocardial infarction. Tr. 250-253, 324. She also applied for Supplemental Security Income benefits on February 11, 2014. Tr. 246-247, 324. Ms. Guidry has a high school education and worked as a legal secretary. Tr. 42, 79-80, 270, 286.

         From 2011 through 2015, Ms. Guidry received treatment at University Medical Center (“UMC”) for, inter alia, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, COPD, and diabetes. Tr.724-815, 1198-1289, 1931-2210. From May 2012 through September 2013, Ms. Guidry was treated at SWLA Primary Care Center for depression and trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder). Tr.532-541. From July 2014 through October 2015, Ms. Guidry received mental health treatment from psychiatrist Edgardo Concepcion, M.D., at the Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center. Tr.1498-1578. He prescribed multiple psychotropic medications to address her symptoms caused by obsessive compulsive disorder, major depression, and anxiety, including hair pulling. Id.

         The following is a chronology of medical treatment as provided by Ms. Guidry:

On January 4, 2013, Ms. Guidry was treated at UMC for back and hand pain. Tr.1246-1248. Examination revealed that the first digit on her left hand had pain on palpation. Tr.1247. A repeat EMG was recommended. Tr.1248. On March 14, 2013, Ms. Guidry reported to UMC that she “has no feeling in L[eft] hand - painful.” Tr.1267. The need for an EMG study was recommended again.[1] Tr.1268.
On January 29, 2013, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (“DHH”) found that Ms. Guidry was disabled since September 2012. Tr.500-502.

         An April 8, 2013 MRI of the lumbar spine revealed mild lower lumbar spine degenerative disc disease with moderate right foraminal stenosis at ¶ 4-L5. Tr.961. An October 20, 2015 x-ray of the lumbar spine indicated lumbar facet hypertrophy and spondylosis. Tr.2006. Norco was prescribed. Tr.2007.

         On May 16, 2014, Ms. Guidry attended a consultative examination with Julana Monti, M.D. Tr.817-820. Dr. Monti's examination revealed decreased grip strength on the left (3/5). Tr.818. Her diagnoses included Carpal Tunnel syndrome, s/p surgical release. Tr.819. Dr. Monti opined that Ms. Guidry could lift or carry objects weighing up to 15 pounds. Tr.819.

         On June 25, 2015, Ms. Guidry was admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (“OLOL”) due to generalized weakness and frequent falls. Tr.1362-1369. Her symptoms were attributed to dehydration, hyperglycemia, and weakness. Tr.1369.

         From October 9, 2015 through 10/12/2015, Ms. Guidry was admitted to OLOL for low blood pressure, headache, and lethargy. T.1588-1920.

         On November 8, 2015, Ms. Guidry was admitted to Seaside Health System Inpatient Psychiatric Unit following an overdose of medication. Tr.2216-2236.

         On March 16, 2016, Ms. Guidry was treated at OLOL after a fall. Tr.2278-2283.

         On June 10, 2014, it was determined that Ms. Guidry is not disabled. R. 7-1, p. 33. Ms. Guidry requested a hearing, which was held on March 14, 2016 before Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Lawrence T. Ragona. Id. at p. 79. ...


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