Advise On Disability Filing.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by joeb7th, Dec 26, 2006.

  1. joeb7th

    joeb7th New Member

    I am waiting for a disability history form from my run out state disability and when this come I am sending everything off to the office for Social Security Disability.

    They say it will take at least 90 days for a first ruling.

    I have many of the physical symptoms you all have here..incredible pain in ankles, knees, shoulders, arms, wrists...muscles all over. I have this incredible unsteadiness feeling that I have had for a year. I walk gingerly with my feet sticking out and hurting my ankles and knees and I keep an arm out to steady me at all times and hold on to things when I am standing still.

    I also have diagnosed post traumatic stress disorder, extreme anxiety and depression. And a weird either damaged or just plain aggravated nervous system problem...feel everything 3 times more than normal. Temperatures, pain, anxiety. Taking Lorazepam as needed. All diagnosed.

    I have a torn rotator cuff from where no one knows...a fractured vertabrae L-1 posterior ( again nobody knows how this happened ) and several other weird diagnosed maladies.

    But would concentrating on the Post Traumatic Stress and stress and anxiety problems be the best way to get this disability versus the physical complaints and problems I have?

  2. findmind

    findmind New Member

    List ALL your ailments! Together, many different diagnoses and problems can add up to total disability pretty quickly.

    I would only add: get a counselor of some kind, and sorta "dictate" all your symptoms and make sure they are all written down. Then ask, "Why do all of these make me so disabled?"

    They will answer you and also put those comments in their notes, which will probably cinch it for you.

    I've found that if you ask the doctors, specialists, shrinks, etc., why you feel so bad, they'll do the work for you, on the record, in their notes.

    Example: My shrink said, "Well you feel anxiety because you have so many medical problems, and it's only normal you feel so anxious and/or depressed about them when you were so active before and want to still be like you were."

    Social Security adds up the problems: therefore, the more you list, the better your chances.

    Also, do a search here for other's good suggestions, ok?

    Best to ya,
    findmind
  3. mrdad

    mrdad New Member


    As has already been suggested, use all the Arrows in your
    Quiver! The main thing they are concerned about is WHY
    these conditions prevent you from partaking in any bon-
    ified employment with in your realm of capabilities.

    Have you looked over the www.disablitysecrets.com and
    the www.nolo. publications? There are other sites as
    well. Have you attempted to get together medical info.
    to document your case? Be sure to meet all the deadlines
    so as not to delay or jeapardize the Case.

    Other people on the Board will most likely come forward
    with other valuable suggestions.

    Best Wishes,
    MRDAD aka JOE
  4. kirschbaum26

    kirschbaum26 New Member

    Dear Joe:

    I agree with others...list all your ailments. I am CA state disability as well. I have until mid March to continue getting payments, but I also have a 70% disability policy from work, so I will continue to get a total of 70%...but disability company (UNUM Provident) may force me to apply for SSDI...which is what I am thinking about doing anyway. My primary illness is RA, and it has attacked my liver, lungs and heart. I am only 44, so I am afraid that they will not approve me...which is okay, as I can continue to get the 70% for up to 2 years without much trouble...beyond that and they tend to get nasty.

    Good luck to you, and I hope that your long list of ailments will get you approved and quickly.

    Ingrid
  5. joeb7th

    joeb7th New Member

    I am 55. Maybe this older age will help. But my state disability is finished. So I am desperate. Don't know what I can do until this SSDI is either allowed or denied?

    But I would trade getting well in ONE SECOND for that SSDI check...and you all know we would ALL do this.

    The pain and suffering we are going through isn't worth 1 million dollars.
  6. joeb7th

    joeb7th New Member

    Just keeping the question out there.