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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I received my SSI papers today to fill out and send back in about my illness.  I guess it is called my "symptoms report".  I want to be completely honest, I just don't know if there are hidden things they are looking for in my answers.  Some of the questions are asking to rate my pain on a scale of 1 to 10, describe how the symptoms feel, how often do I have good/bad days, etc.  Has anyone already done this?  I would really appreciate advice or input. 
Thanks so much,
donniesgirl  :)
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   Posted 6/1/2009 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DonniesGirl!
The SSI stuff is really overwhelming, isn't it?! Just try to fill the stuff in as honestly, but thoroughly, as you can. And, be consistent with whatever answers you wind up sending in. Best to make copies of everything, too, because SSI often will deny your first request. You want to be absolutely sure what you said on the first round in case you get a second, and slightly different, set of papers. Consistency seems to be a biggy. I went through two sets of stuff, got denied again, got a lawyer and appealed. Never had to go to court, though, because one of their judges reviews your papers beforehand and VERY frequently, as in my case, gives you the SSI at that point. (Even the couple of doctors they sent me to said I should be on SSI, but it still got denied at first. It's almost routine with them a lot of the time. So don't give up!) If you do wind up getting a lawyer, they don't get paid until you do and their fee is set by law. For SSI anyway.
(((hugs))) and good luck on getting a decision quickly, or at least reasonably quickly!!!
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much for your reply Shash, I feel more confident now to keep plugging along.  :)  Yes, these papers are very overwhelming!  I will definitely make copies, I'm glad you mentioned that!  Thanks so much and God Bless...

Love and Hugs,

DonniesGirl  cool

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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   

When I was filling out my papers (for the first time), I tried to be as honest and thorough as possible. In my opinion, you can never tell them too much. However, I was denied my first time I applied (shocker! shocked). Instead of getting a lawyer, I got someone from the Mental Health Department to help me reapply. She is an "Entitlement Specialist." Her job is to help people apply for SSI. Anyway, I was completely honest again, but she helped me word things in a better way. BTW-if you get declined the first time, be sure to let them know if anything has gotten worse between the time you applied and the time you were denied. Oh, and I don't know what state you are in, but be prepared to wait. It took about 4 months for my first denial, and I reapplied about 3 months ago. When I called to find out what was going on with my case, I found out that they were so backed up that my claim hasn't even been assigned to anyone yet! mad LOL-if they'd just give some of us SSI in the first place, we wouldn't have to wait so long! smilewinkgrin BTW-some of the reasons I was declined are because of my age (37) and my education-I have too much! I just don't understand our government! shakehead Good Luck!

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   Posted 6/2/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm waiting on SSI - and waiting and waiting... but I wonder - you say your age was a factor - were you considered too young or too old?
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   Posted 6/2/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   

I was considered too young. I know of a few "more mature" people who were close to 65-and Medicare-that have gotten SSI. I am not a single mother and I'm not pregnant, so I don't qualify for Medicaid. I can't get a lot of assistance because I don't have kids. Actually, I don't get any assistance-except for my mother. sad I did qualify for food stamps. I suppose that I'll be able to live on $122 a month.

I don't want to bring anyone down, but I just don't think that the "system" is fair. If I didn't have my parents to support me (and I'm very thankful that I have them), I would be living on the street-there's not a doubt in my mind.

So what do people like me do when they can't get help from family? It's really very sad and very scary! cry

Fibro, Anxiety, Chronic Pain

Lyrica 150mg BID, Klonopin 1mg BID, Zoloft 100mg BID, Methadone 65mg (methadone maintenance-NOT for pain), Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (BC pills), Ibuprofen 800mg QID prn, Prilosec OTC

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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
More news about my SSI attempt...I received a phone call from them asking if I would be willing to see a psychiatrist about my depression if they paid for it. I agreed, so I'm set up for an appointment on Aug. 5. Fibromyalgia is the main reason I am doing this, so I wonder why they are concerned with the depression. (I did list it as a health issue, along with the giant list of others). Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

Thanks so much! :)
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   Posted 7/17/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry I don't have any ideas. I am trying to read all the postings about SSI or SSDI that come across this site. Keep us posted please.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
When applying for SSI, it's best to include all factors that can help your case, even if you don't consider them the main reasoning. If you receive care for depression, it's definitely good to include that when you apply. I work as a case manager, and we were visited a while back by someone from SS who said that including mental health evaluations can really make a difference in approval vs. denial.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you have to be unemployed for 6 months before you apply or can you apply and not actually draw until after 6 mths if you are approved? I work right now, but my work perofrmance has declined and not sure how much longer I will be able to. I also heard that they considered you disabled if you can not do the type of work that you have done for the last 15 yrs. anyone know about this? I don't mean to hi-jack your post.
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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My LTD carrier contracted with an advocate co. to put me in for SSDI.  They are filling out all the forms for me - it might be worth looking into because they only collect if you receive disability.  And their max fee is set by the SSA. 
Here's a link - sorta like reading the income tax instructions  shocked
Disability is based on being able to do any work.  Anyways, the younger you are or the more education you have, the more adaptable you are considered to be and therefore more able to do skilled or unskilled sedentary work.  My case worker told me that once you hit 55, you're basically considered to be untrainable.  So either you can continue to work at something very similar to what you have been or you are disabled.
As I recall, if you are still working and making more than like 860/ month, you are not eligible.  Think you have to have been out of work for 6 months and will expect to be out of work for at least a year. 
It's all on the SSA web site, it's just not fun reading,
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   Posted 7/17/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   

If you have any depression issues going on, this is supposed to bolster you claim. My hubby had to see a physc. dr. and also another therapist, but the dr. said due to all the pain he was going through his depression was normal and the therapist they had discounted much of his symptoms, but we had documentation of all that was going on, so it held up in court.

Go into as much detail in your pain and symptoms as honestly as you can. You need to paint it truthfully, but not rosey as well. Explain that each day it is different.

My husband was 47 when we first put in the claim. They said he was 'young' so it took longer, but due to all of the documentation that we did, they found that there was no other job even as a WalMart Greeter that he was able to do. They do not look for something in your field, but anything you could do as a working income.

My husband was a computer tech/support call center person. There was nothing doing in computer related field that he can now do due to his mental fog, disabilities and how this affects him to be around people.

Some of the questions, I even had to use the back of the form or extra paper to answer thoroughly. I also started keeping a pain journal and how his mental depression was on a day to day basis and how many pain pills he was having to take and how often.

This was all submitted into the record for him. Some states it can take 2 or 3 years to go to court. If you have a dire need as in about to lose your home, you can appeal to the court after your first denial for a dire needs session to hear your case.

I wish you success and hope that some of this info can help you get the process started.
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