Honestly, I didn't read everyones replies.
I just wanted to let you know that I am currently receiving SSDI/SSI due to Crohn's. I went ahead and got a lawyer before I applied or anything. They denied me 2 times, and then sent it to an appeals court with copies of my medical records, or should I say medical NOVELS, lol. Having the attorney take care of the little things I didn't understand was WELL worth the money. It ended up costing me about $765.00, which was paid out of my back-pay.
The catch with all of this is that you can't be disabled AND working, which is crap if you ask me. I was thankful enough to have enough savings and large enough credit limits to get through it all. In this economy, I don't know how a regular person would do it. My mother helped me ALOT, too.
The main thing is to BE PERSISTANT! (sp?)
They deny EVERYONE the first time around. It's so darn frustrating though. I'm sorry you're having to go through this, but know that there is hope.
If it would benefit you, I can try and dig up my legal paperwork so you might be able to use it to your advantage.....
"People who mind don't matter, people who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss
~Fibromyalgia~Anxiety/Severe Depression~Migraine Headaches~Rhem. Arthritis~Reynauds~PTSD~
~Crohn's Dx'ed at 17 (2004), Multiple hospital stays, every test there could be (as we Crohnies know!) Taking Pentasa, Purinethol, Nexium, Neurontin, Cymbalta, Trazadone, Prazosin, Xanax, and Vicodin/Bentyl (prn Pain)~
Next adventure: PHARMACY SCHOOL!