ARE YOU OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON DISABILITY BECAUSE OF CFS

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by FOYBOYFOY, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. FOYBOYFOY

    FOYBOYFOY New Member

    I HAVE BEEN ON DISABILITY SINCE FEB. I HAVE AN OCCASIONAL OK DAY WHERE MAYBE I WILL TAKE MY WIFE TO LUNCH, GO PUTT AT THE GOLF COURSE OR EVEN GO TO THE CASINO FOR A FEW HOURS. OTHER DAYS IM IN BED OR ON THE COUCH DOING ZIP AND FEELING LIKE CRAP. DO YOU EVER WONDER IF SOMEONE FROM DISIBILITY IS WATCHING YOU ON YOUR OCCASIONAL GOOD DAY. DO THEY HAVE SUCH FOLKS ??
    IM SO HONEST I WOULD DIE IF SOMEONE QUESTIONED MY INTEGRITY, OR REFUSED MY DISABILITY CLAIM.. GOD BLESS FOY
  2. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    I, too, have been on SSDI since February because of CFIDS. Whenever I'm out in public, it's in a wheelchair, it's for a short time, and it's not very often, so I'm not too worried!

    Actually, I doubt Social Security offices have the money or resources to send people out to check on us. But they will re-evaluate us in two or three years.

    Private insurance companies, on the other hand, like the Standard or UNUM, do hire detectives to spy on people, usually when they are applying for long-term disability. I actually invited The Standard to do just that!

    Kholmes
    [This Message was Edited on 08/15/2006]
  3. ckball

    ckball New Member

    The gov does not spy on us. Now if you got your disability due to a workman comp issue that is another story. The insurance companies will follow you.

    I have a freind who was hurt on the job, her neighbor looks very much like her. Her neighbor went to Myrtle Beach.

    When my freind had her hearing the trip was brought up, she said she had never been to Myrtle Beach, then had proof she was in town during that time.

    So don't worry, do the best you can each day and just rest the other days-Carla
  4. pamj

    pamj New Member

    I have been on disability for over 4 years now. SSDI has checked up on me occasionally by asking for updated medical records, but they haven't sent any investigators and I don't know if they do that as often as insurance companies.

    My long-term disability company has tried to offer me a lump-sum settlement, but it was not enough to get me through more than just a few years. It was too risky considering my young age, so I refused it. Who knows if I will ever be able to work again? Just a couple of months later they sent out a private investigator to secretly videotape me. As they discovered, even my good days are exactly as I had decribed them, and all they got was me going in & out of DOCTOR's appointments! One was when I actually had to go the the hospital for lab testing, so it was just proof of what I'm dealing with.

    The only other thing they got on film was me sitting on my front porch chair with my nieces and handing a toy to the baby. They tried to say that if I could sit up and hand a toy, then I could work. That even made my little nieces laugh when we got the report & copy of the video!

    They said, "auntie, maybe someone will hire you to pass a small toy to a baby for 15 minutes a week".

    Other than that, I was in the house, resting as usual... so I hope he got very bored & sweaty sitting across the street in his hot car for five straight days in August :)

    If you are just as honest, then you shouldn't worry about having lunch or sitting in the casino once in a while. It's not good for anyone to just lie in bed waiting to die. We have to do whatever we can to maintain our sanity, and I'm sure any doctor would agree to that.

    If you're like the rest of us, you may have a good day or two, but they would usually follow you around for a week anyway and you would probably need to rest on the other days, which would support your statements anyway.

    take care,
    Pam