Hello fellow SSDI seekers!! Just got my back check for SSDI-applied in September 2002, after I turned 55. Still haven't gotten award letter-got password for accessing my benefits amount first, then check for back payments. Kept me thinking until today when the check came. I have spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, very little stage 3 and 4 sleep, plus fibro and chronic fatigue. I did not need a lawyer, nor did I have to go to any SSA doctors. I kept working, but cut my hours back to 20 per week because I was unable to continue full time. Guess the system works sometimes-plus many prayers helped I am sure. So, take heart-sometimes it works!!!!!!!!!!!!