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.
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!
Wish you much luck and we will get through this!