Hey there K9 - Big Lucy & Rich,
Getting disability is a tough job. I'm sorry you got denied AGAIN K9.
I'm about to embark in the wonderful world of SSDI and I'm terrified. I applied about 10 years ago. My health issues were Lyme, CFS, Carpel Tunnel and 2 disk herniations. I couldn't do many jobs since I couldn't sit for long periods or use my hands for long periods and my Brian Fog was horrible. I got denied,(but was told I was considered 30% disabled). I went to an attorney and was told to get a part time job and re-apply when I was over 50. Long and short of it.. I actually got a lot better for a number of years....I went on to become the executive director of the local chamber of commerce a 50-60 hour a week job. Then last year I got pneumonia and never quite got over it. I went through exactly what you're going thru k9 totally spacing out at meeting, living in a state of confusion. I got to the point where I knew I couldn't continue my job, had a major anxiety attack and had to give up my job, last Oct. I've been in a major flare pretty much the entire time since. There's no way I could possibly work a job anywhere near the level I was before. I don't even think I could be a greeter at Walmart (standing for hours ). I also have a high IQ, 138. I was reading in another post that said, a Dr. mentioned that FMS seems to strike intelligent, creative people. I agree, many of the members of this forum are extremely smart and clever. I know my intellectual mind is still reasonably intacted but my cognitive thought and hearing process has been effected by FMS. Good grief, I know what day it is and who the president is.. but don't ask me an off the cuff question or where my coffee cup is.
Anyway I guess what I'm trying to say is.. when it comes to a psych test I would have to tell the examiner I'm not the person I was a year ago and the anxiety of what I could do in the future, in a professional matter, is almost to the point of phobic.
I'm wondering if you need to have a history of psych care to qualify in that area of the evaluation process? My GP treats me for fibro and I haven't been to any other doctors. Will I need to get a dx from others before I start the process of disability?
Oh by the way .. I'm almost 52 now so I wonder if the statement about being over 50 still stands. My sister is on SSDI and she couldn't get approved till she was over 50 also.
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