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   Posted 2/23/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
  Has ayone out there applied and received social security disability for their fibromyalgia. If so can you give me any pointers? 
 I am just at the application stage.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelle44,

Welcome to the fibromyalgia forum. I am so glad that you have joined us. I tried for disability. But because my main doctor was a physician's assistant, they wouldn't accept her reports and I couldn't get it. I have a real doctor now, so if I need to reapply, I will. But I have been working part time so I am not eligable. But if I can't work, I will apply again.

I am sure that there will be others coming along with information for you. Be expecting it to take a while, it is a long process and you can get denied up to three times before you get it, so if you get denied, don't give up. Just go on to the next step. It can be a gruling process, but it is worth it in the end. So keep trying.

Keep posting, and know that we all understand what you are going through. If you get a chance, check out the thread called fibro101. It is the second thread on the forum. It has a lot of interesting information in it.

Take care,

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   Posted 2/23/2010 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am in the beginning stages of applying for SSD. I contacted an attorney who works for an group that are advocates for SSD. The attorney sent me some papers for my doctor to fill out and told me to get a copy of my medical records. The attorney told me to expect about a 2 year wait, if I get accepted. She said she has had many FM patients and has had success, so I am hopeful. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, to apply. I was diagnosed over 20 years ago with FM and have been struggling with working full time for most of those years. about four years ago, I finally gave in and began working at home. I've now come to terms with trying to get disability. There is a lot of information on the social security website regarding disability too. By the way, the attorneys do not take a fee unless you win the case, at least the ones that I researched.
Good luck!

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   Posted 2/24/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelle and welcome. I should have started the paperwork last year and still haven't but I have got to get busy on it. I have many more things wrong with me besides fibro. I talked to my doc long ago and he agreed that I'm disabled.
Glad you joined and hope you will stick with us.
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   Posted 2/25/2010 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
it took me 5 months start to finish to get approved. I was denied once in that time, appealed and won!!! It is possible. I have more than fibro wrong with me, but fibro was listed. I was only 29 when I applied.

you need to know its not so much what your diagnosis is, but how those diagnosis affect what your able to do. ITs about what you cant do , not so much why...

so I remember I filled out the application myself,. I was very honest and thorough. I made sure to list what I could not do. I also remember that pain was a big part of my application. I remember writing that it hurt to brush my hair even...

I did have a lawyer the whole time. He obtained my records and All I had to do was sign a few forms and fill out tha application. he did the rest. I made sure to get references from my local support group as to what lawyer to hire. they only get paid if you win (at least in my state) and they can only get so much money.
It is well worth it.

If you have depression make sure you list that. If you have it they like to see that you are going to therapy etc to try to g et better.

good luck and I hope this helps.

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