Sorry about what your going through, your certainly not alone, especially here. Did you appeal your denial?
I was denied about 2 months after I applied. Went to see "their" gov doctor which was complete BS. Touched my stomach, asked me a few questions and that was that, denied, lol.
I appealed and had to wait 19 months to get my hearing. I had all my documentation with me. Colonoscopy pictures, upper G.I series report, MRI Report etc. Most important I had the backing of my G.I Doc. He gave me a note stating that I was unable to work + was disabled to to my Crohn's. I also brought along my wife, and mom as witneses to testify about my condition. The hearing lasted about 30 min. The judge, off the record, told me that I have proven my case and that he was appoving my claim.
I did not use a lawyer. I received close to 2 years back pay equaling $19,000. I'm om SSD not SSI, so it does not matter if my wife works and how much she makes, does not affect my check. I get $1,039 per month.
Don't give up. Make sure your as organized as you can be with all your medical records. Having your doctors support is a must. Good luck to you.