I just received an award from Social Security Disability. I have fibro, sleep apnea, asthma, restless leg, depression, carpal tunnel and tarsal tunnel. I had long-term disability from work through an insurance company, and I have to tell you that it was harder getting them to pay me than the SS Disability process! I filed in August and was awarded in December. I live in the Pittsburgh area. I did not have to go before a judge or anything. A friend of my just received disability also and said that the magic number if 55 (age). I don't know if this is true or not, but I am 55 and was approved via a letter in the mail.