Okay maybe I can keep my thoughts straight long enough to post this -- fingers crossed. I am planning on applying for SSDI, in fact working on getting the infor together they want on the application. This is especially for anyone who has applied and fought them. Do you think you are better off: 1. filing on your own, most likely getting denied, and then hiring a firm like allsup or social services coordinators for the appeals, 2. or do you think it is better just starting out with a firm like that from the beginning, 3. or filing, getting denied, and then getting a lawyer. I know I am going to be right on their borderline but I am advanced age (55+, where the hell do they get that, i thought advanced age was like 80) so that will be in my favor. I had barely been hanging onto a job but gave up on that because I just couldn;t concentrate and trust myself anymore. I did medical transcription for a long time but i was going over reports 3-4 times to make sure there were no errors, think i had myself worked into "error anxiety" and then I would not remember if i had reviewed it before i sent it in so i would do it again -- I just could not reconcile myself to possibly making a major error on somebody's medical record. Besides my hands and wrists and elbows were hurting a lot, especially fingers with spasm-like pain, and my hips are killing me when i sit for too long. Anyway, I could go on for pages about my symptoms. Couldn;t we all. So would appreciate anyone's opinion on the best approach for ssdi or advice you might have. I am in florida -- i believe some states may have different rules. Thanks.