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Unfortunately, the process on your first level appeal can take 6-8 months. The problem with SSDI is that they frequently deny applicants on their first application without any proper reasoning. The first thing you need to do here is go back to your doctor who states you have COPD and ask them to order the proper testing and get a proper test to confirm the COPD. Once you have that information you submit it to your case worker.
The problem with filing your next level appeal is you cannot do that until they give a disposition on your current appeal and at that level you would get an actual hearing before an SSA hearing officer.
At this point there is only one thing you can do to try to speed this up after you get your doctor to order the proper test for COPD and write a new report to SSA about your level of disability and that is to engage a local SS attorney and they can negotiate with the case workers and their supervisors to move the matter along or get you a determination hearing before one of the SS hearing officers.
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