Hi to old friends and new,
I filed for disability in June 2006. I was denied (as most are on the first try). I got an attorney for the appeal and was denied. At this point, the next step is appearing before a judge. My attorney sent a letter along with a copy of all my medical records, letters from doctors, etc. and reasons for why I should be awarded the benefit without a hearing. Within a couple of weeks I got a letter of approval from SSDI. My first check came in November of 2007.
If you are filing or considering filing, get an attorney who specializes in SSDI. They know how the system works. Get your doctors cooperation as they will be filling out forms about you etc. And hang in there!
Now I'll go read the links. Thanks for posting them, Tink. Just wanted to tell my story before I forgot!
Limited scleroderma with lupus overlap, Sjogrens, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Raynauds, GERD, Hashimoto's (or Autoimmune) Enchephalopathy, seizures due to encephalopathy, migraines, fibromyalgia