I am right in the middle of all of this myself. When I was living in CA, I was receiving State disability. This had nothing to do with Social Security Disability. When I moved home to SC, I foolishly thought that all states had their own state disability. WRONG! Actually, only about 4 states have this program. Anyway, I started at square one and got my paperwork for Medicaid (you can get this through the Department of Health and Human Services) and food stamps. Then, I went to the Social Security office and made an appointment for an interview (and they'll tell you what you need to bring for the interview). BTW-you can do all of this online, but I've heard that it's better to do it in person (I have no idea if this is true). I had to wait almost 2 weeks for my interview. Since then, I got this form in the mail-asking me about my daily life (and how my illness affects it). I was very descriptive (and probably told them way more than they needed, but I figured that it couldn't hurt. BTW-besides fibro, I also suffer from unknown chronic pain (I can't afford to go to my doctor to find out what else is wrong with me), depression, and anxiety and panic disorders. Also, since I can't afford more testing, I am still caught in Lupus limbo. LOL-I hate to say this, but maybe the more problems you have, the easier it will be to get approved. And, I am not being pessimistic, I am being realistic and not getting my hopes up that I'll get it my first time. Anyway, that's where I am right now-waiting.
Oh! I also went to the State Mental Health Department for an evaluation. Initially I did this because I was trying to get my Zoloft and Klonopin for a cheaper price. But, when I went for my SS interview, I told them that I had gone there. I think that if you show that you are trying to find different routes of assistance, it may look good to them. That's just my opinion, BTW. And, I didn't go to mental health to "cheat the system." Rxs are really expensive, and I'll take any sort of financial assistance I can get. Plus, I am a hardcore advocate of the mental heathcare system. They have saved my life more than once.
I have heard that it can take anywhere from 2-6 months to get approved-IF you get approved the first time. I asked my case worker if everyone got turned down the first time, and she said that wasn't true, and it really depends-case by case. BTW-I wouldn't suggest trying to lie about anything. You have to sign a form saying that if you are lying, they can prosecute you-either by jail or fining you. Of course, everyone has their own opinion on whether to "stretch the truth," so that decision is yours.
Even if you aren't sure if you want to go the Social Security route, I'd start applying now, anyway. Had I known that SC didn't have it's own state disability, I would have started this process months ago. I don't know what state you live in, but I think the only states with their own disability are CA, HI, NJ, and I forget the other one. But, if your doctor doesn't think that you should be on disibility in the first place, you'll probably have a hard time getting on any type of assistance. I got lucky and both my doctor in CA (who actually suggested I go on disability) and my new one here in SC agree that I am in no shape to work right now. I have done the same type of work for 17 years, too.
OK, I'm sure that I've confused you with all my talk and babbling (hey, it's what I do, LOL). If you have any other questions, feel free to email me. I'll try to answer anything I can, and I'm always up for talking. LOL-just ask anyone here!
Good luck with everything!
FINALLY dxd with fibro on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what? Doesn't help!)
Chantix (quit smoking 08/29/08)
"I'll take the Chivas instead"
Post Edited (kelly71) : 11/18/2008 8:04:59 AM (GMT-7)