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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 12/7/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't even know where to start, I have cried so hard I have made myself sick. Today I was denied by SSD and I have no idea how this could be, I not only have FM, I have MS ,Anxiety and Depression also.
I had to see two doctors of theirs that I had never seen before, and the doctors that I do see had nothing to do with it.
They told me in the letter that they know that I can't do the job that I have done all my life it doesn't keep me from doing other job activities.
I have an eight grade education and when i first started working I was lucky enough to get a job in a grocery store where i have worked there for the last 30 years to where they asked all of us with 30 years or more to retire because of downsizing, but we can't get our retirment until we are 62 years old, im not even close.
I went to work for Walmart for the past two years and that where I had my stroke in august and have not been able to work since then but that was not even taken into consideration.
I don't know what to do next, how can it be some people get their SSD with no problem and some people have to move heaven and earth to get it?
Do any of you have any advice or suggestions? anything would be appriciated.
Thanks in advance,

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 599
   Posted 12/7/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I just applied for SSDI myself and it seems there are a lot of variables in the support of an application. Did your doctors know you were applying? Did they complete the form stating they supported it? I think it also depends on how good the notes are in your medical records, and how much information you provide to them. One thing you could try is to find an attorney who could take your case pro bono and assist you with re-filing. Agencies that serve the disabled in your community would be a good point of reference to start with inquiring. I'm so sorry they denied you.

confused Okie
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 164
   Posted 12/7/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   



awww.....i'm so sorry. I have been looking into this myself, lost my job due to the fog. I also have fibro, depression, undiff spondyitis and prolapsed disks. I have done alot of reading and it does matter how often you have seen your drs for the problems you are claiming are keeping you from working. (pain, confusion, depression or other things) Also your medications and the side effects they cause. If you did not have a lawyer, get one and appeal. I did read that something like 36% get it on the first try, 14% who appeal the first time and then 62% who appeal the second time. I figured it and it left 196 out of a thousand that are not successful and 804 are. You can get a lawyer easily, they only get paid if they get you the SSD. It would be worth it, you would get back pay from when you first appied. I have heard the paperwork is tricky and trying to do it yourself with fibro wouldn't be good. Keep trying, like you I have seen alot of people who should not have been approved get it and alot who should have that was turned down. How about health insurance? If you do not have any, it was suggested that you be seen at a free clinic or something.  Will be thinking about you, good luck!!

Also they look at daily activities and how they are affected, like sitting (how long), standing, climbing stairs, can you bathe yourself, brush your hair, cook....etc....

How long ago did you apply?

If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you won't.
I may not do things like other people, but I get things done in my own way, in my own time.

Post Edited (confused Okie) : 12/7/2009 9:12:33 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 223
   Posted 12/8/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
There are many SS lawyers out there. One of them would surely listen to you and give you a clue as to whether you have a chance or not and will take the case for a percentage of the proceeds you get when it's done.

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 12/8/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to  all of you who have replyed, it means the world to me. Im going to get a Lawyer that handels disabilitiy claims and take it from there.
It just sadens me the way that they go about it, I have never in my life asked anybody for anything and what im asking for I have worked and put into.
I so want to call them and scream at them but Im an adult and what would that solve?
Thank god I have a husband who takes care of me , otherwise I wouldn't know what to do.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 599
   Posted 12/8/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
IndianSummer, good luck. Stay hopeful.

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 12/11/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you are having so much trouble! My mom works for the dept. of labor and according to her to be disabled and qualify for payments you must be disabled to the point that you can't work in any capacity. at all. Regardless of whether or not you have the experience or education, if there is a job you could physically and mentally do, then they don't consider a person disabled. There are also recognized diseases for which people get disability payments quite a bit easier. If you have a disease they recognize, and the disease has progressed to a stage that they accept as being disabled, you qualify. Unfortunately though, fibro is not one of those diseases. Get an attorney and keep fighting! Good luck.

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 69
   Posted 12/12/2009 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Lots and lots of medical records helped me. I was approved right away. But mine wasnt for fibro it was before this for my personality disorders and what not. I applied at age 21 i believe and i had been in therapy since age 14 off and on so i had a lot of evidence from medical records. I took it upon myself when i applied to get as much of the information as possible. Incl medical records from my drs and i also called BINDER AND BINDER and tho they couldnt help me since i was never denied they gave me a paper with some questions on it about my disbility and i had my mental health provider fill it out and i sent it to disability. I know it can be a painfully long process but hang in there! I Knew someone who it took a few yrs but they eventually won! I definitely suggest calling a lawyer who wont get paid until you win.
Probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Along with: Bipolar,OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, anxiety, gastroparesis,pcos,add Meds: Neurontin, Lyrica, OMEGA 3 Fish oil and vit d3, tenex wellbutrin i stopped taking.

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 40401
   Posted 12/12/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I also suggest that you appeal the decision and get an atorney.  I think you should be eligable.   It is just that it is a long fight.  I got denied, and when I appealed they denied that too.  But they are tricky with words and the way that the phrase things, that is why you need an attorney. 
Most go by whether you win or not, get one like that.  I think it is called contingency.  Not positive.  Keep trying, never give up.  I think that they should take into consideration your education too. 
Best wishes to you for a wonderful day.
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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