Need advice for psychologist that Disability wants me to see

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LBL
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   Posted 10/12/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I already had a doctor tell me that my fibro could be depression whcih also causes body pain.  I now know what it feels like to have a doctor think it's in my head...which it is not.  I am not depressed nor am I on any anti depressant meds because of the side effects.  Long ago, many years ago I went on antidepressants to help me through a horrible divorce.  Now I am fine and have been for a long time.  Can someone please advice me as to why Social Security Disability would have me see a psychologist and what are they looking for exactly.  I'm surprised that they didn't want me to see an arthritis doctor or fibro doctor first. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Sherrine
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   Posted 10/12/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't say for sure, but perhaps it's something your doctor has in your records.  I have social security disability and never had to see a psychologist.  I, also, do not take any antidepressants because I'm not depressed with fibro...rare, but there are a few like us around.
 
I would advise you to do exactly what disability asks.  See what their doctors ask and answer them completely and honestly.  They could possibly be checking to see if it REALLY is all in your head.  You and I know it isn't.  So, if they see that you have pain but are totally mentally stable, that makes fibro more of the case and not mental illness. 
 
I'm just guessing at all of the above, since I didn't have to do that.  But, I was sent to several of their doctors...who couldn't hold a candle to my doctors, by the way.  Anyway, best of luck and let us know what happens.
 
Sherrine
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LBL
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   Posted 10/12/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sherrine,  when my mother applied for SSDI many years ago they sent her to a therapyst as well so maybe here in MA it is standard.  Hopefully I'll receive some more responses to this question just to get some other people's input.  But what you said is true, tell the truth because the truth is that I have Fibro and I'm not depressed and I have to believe that I will get SSDI since I really and truly can no longer work. Thank you.

Sherrine
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   Posted 10/12/2008 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
You could be right.  I was in Florida when I got my disability.  I hope you can breeze through the procedure.  I was able to receive it the first time I tried.  Best of luck and let us know how it goes!
 
Sherrine
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VaVoa
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LBL!  I am currently applying for disability (due to my fibro) also (in RI), and SS has requested that I go to one of their psychologists.  Now, I  do have depression, along with anxiety due to my Fibro, however, I don't see a therapist regularly. (long story). eyes
Anyway, although I know many people have been successful in getting Disability for their Fibro, I've also noticed that many of them had 'other' underlying illnesses that went along with it.  Personally, I think Disabiltity still questions the validy of Fibro.  (how sad is that)
 
I've had not one, not two, but FOUR, yes FOUR doctors dx me with Fibro, and I live with the pain everyday, so I'm very aware of how real it is, I don't have any other underlying conditions (with the exception of the depression/anxiety which I honestly believe is not what 'disables' me!)  I just wish the rest of the world, including Disability, would realize just how dibilitating this illness can be to many of us. 
 
I agree, you should do whatever disability asks of you, even if you don't feel it is necessary.  Also, from what I'm told, here in RI it's quite normal in the process to get denied the first time, it apparently takes a couple of tries before you get approved. (IF you get approved.) So, if MA is anything like RI, don't take that first denial as the final verdict.  (Also, I would recommend you use an attorney that is well versed in Disability law with Fibro...they're out there.)
 
Hope this has helped you a little bit, good luck to you!

LBL
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   Posted 10/12/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi VaVoa,
 
Well I also have arthritis along with the fibro so I'm telling them about that as well.  Yes I'm also aware that I will probably get denied 1 or maybe 2 times but I'm going to fight it tooth and nail...wish it wasn't so hard and it was looked at as a ligitamate disability but since it's so hard to diagnose I see why it might be hard.  I am planning on fighting on my own and will do EVERYTHING I can in my power to NOT use an attorney.  I read all about what an attorney will do to help my case and it all boils down to all they can and will do is make the case drag out for years.  I personally do not believe in using an attorney as I feel I am the best at agruing my point.  But what I did hear was that if I'm denied 3 times I have to get an attorney.  So one bridge at a time and one step at a time, closely and little by little.

tyno3
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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   

I would like to weigh in here, although I am in Canada, not USA. However, we have a similar system, CPP, which works like disability in USA. If you paid in for a number of years, while working (deductions from your paycheck), it is a type of insurance. The system routinely refuses the first attempt and often, the second. Then there is a panel of four or so "judges", and the System's lawyers, whom you have to face to plead your appeal. I was advocate for my stepmother when she'd been refused twice and had to go before the panel. They also "recommended" she be represented by an attorney, and we sat through several appeals which went ahead of us who were represented by an attorney. One was simply dreadful. I was embarassed for both the agrieved party and the attorney. When our turn came my stepmother spoke first and simply laid out the facts of her case. Then I spoke briefly and simply pointed out that it wasn't a welfare system, we weren't asking for something to be given us for nothing. That she (my Stepmom) had paid into the CPP (Social Security) system each and every paycheck in good faith believing that should she ever need the disability benefit, it would be available to her. That if the benefit were to be denied her, then as it is mandatory to pay into CPP (Can.) or Social Security (USA), it is a disquised form of taxation. That settled it. Four out of Four of the Judges voted in favor of her receiving it.

I wish you the best possible result. I also believe that due to Lyrica being touted as a treatment in the management of Fibromyalgia, there is now greater acknoledgement of Fibro as a legitimate incapacitating disease. I personally have another health problem which allows me to qualify for a small disability allowance. So, I don't need to fight the good fight on my own behalf, here, in Canada, as here Fibromyalgia is not recognised as a disease at all. It is classified as an inability to tolerate any ammount of pain.


LBL
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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Fantastic post tyno3.  Yes it's not like I haven't earned the disability for all the years that I worked and was able to work.  It would be great if I would be approved.  But if I'm not, then I will plead my case and my 70 year old mother will also stand as a witness that she has to help me with daily chores like grocery shopping etc.  It just seems such a shame that getting through the day with a young child and being a single mother is hard enough with Fibro and Arthritis the last thing I need is to have to stress about getting disability and jump through all the hoops just to get what I've earned to be able to somewhat survive.  I mean, it's not like I can really live a nice comfortable life on SSDI alone.

Dagger
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   Posted 10/12/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
In my local fibro support group, the people that quickly qualified for SSI were those that had depression as their major problem with fibro as a minor problem. Those that just had fibro had a much harder time getting SSI if they got it at all.

Everyone I know that applied for SSI had to see a psychologist at some point during the process.

Just tell the truth.

Good Luck.

GamJill
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi LBL-

I'm stumbling along with you. I just got turned down from SS and sent in my appeal papers yesterday. Round two. I have been blessed to have so many great people helping with this. It gets SO overwhelming! We have help through Human Services in the county that assist you with the paperwork and explaining the steps. They told me not to be surprised if they have me see one of their Dr's. Just more hoop jumping. Not sure if they will send me to a psychologist or not as I do have reccuring depression. It just gets more interesting.

Yes, I have worked and worked through my lifetime and you would think we would not have to go through so much to get what we deserve. I have not worked since the fibro hit me 6 months ago. I would like to- the mind is willing but the body does not follow! shocked

Wish you much luck and we will get through this!

GamJill


 
 
Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, TMJ, Arthritis/neck, SAD
 
Zoloft, Tylenol 4000 mg., Darvocet  

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