how old were you when you were awarded disability for fm

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by vito1234, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. vito1234

    vito1234 New Member

    i m 43 and trying to get social security to award me benefits .I was wondering if age has something to do with it.How many of have been denied and your age
  2. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    I am 42 and trying to get ssdi. I was denied the first time but only knew i had arthritis, depression, anxiety. didnt get dx with fm til after that. waiting for appeal now. got a lawyer this time. good luck 2 u.
  3. ETN

    ETN New Member

    I applied originally in Oct 2004 and wasn't approved until April of 2007. So when I applied I was 32 and when I was approved I was just about to turn 35.

    I don't think age matters I really think that it's your illness.

    I think I was lucky in my case. The judge didn't even mention my age. I think the fact that I had worked since I was 15 and had a very demanding job that helped.
    I dunno. Luck too..and the fact that I have numerous issues! LOL

    :) Good luck to you
    it's a battle but just hang in there
  4. crazygranny

    crazygranny New Member

    I applied in March 2003,and fianlly received mine after it went to District Court.I was awarded my disability in April of this year,and he give me my onset date December of 2003,because i turned 50 that month.So,i do think age has a lot to do with it.
  5. momof4kids68

    momof4kids68 New Member

    I applied in 2006 and just had my hearing on May 9th 2008. Got my letter with award on May 30th and turned 40 on June 27th.

    I was approved for Fibromyalgia, Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Bi-lateral knee joint disease, Major Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    Along with those, I also have carpal tunnel in both hands, plantar faciitis in both feet, uncontrolled high blood pressure, migraines, a bone spur in one foot, and a nodule on my lung.

    Ah the fun!! It's so hard to walk now I can't imagine what I'll be like when "old age" finally hits me.

    Don't give up, keep trying and don't be afraid to file.

  6. lbuchanan3

    lbuchanan3 New Member

    I appplied in Sept of 2005, after loosing a job in May 2004 that I held for 15 years. For a year after that I lived on unemployment while looking for work and trying to find answers for my health problems. I did return to work in January 2005, but the job only lasted for 6 weeks due to my health issues.

    It took me 3 years to get my disability, I do not think age was the issue, but having all the diagnosis' of my disorders updated and complete was a huge issue for me. At the time of my first denial the only diagnosis I had was a very old one for hydradenitis suppurativa, which I have suffered from for over 30 years. It only recently had gotten severe. When my 2nd denial came, the next day I recieved my official diagnosis of FM from my Rhuematologist, then started a year and a half of waiting for an appeal hearing. In that year and a half, I completed an update of my diagnosis of hydradenitis supperativa (now in stage 3), Degenerative Disc Disease of the spine with Compressed C-5-C-6 vertebra with nerve damage to both arms, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, both hands, Diabetes, and Depression and nerve damage to my bladder which makes it very difficult for me to tell when I have to use the bathroom.

    I had the hearing in May this year,and I was awarded disability based on all illnesses. I just recieved my back pay this past week. Now the only problem is that the judge I had was so misinformed about what FM is, he called it untreated depression, he ordered me to seek psychiatric care for my "untreated depression". Well I have and lol, my psychologist said "hmm, you are much too insiteful and knowlegeable about yourself to be depressed, and in my opinion you have worked through your problems remarkably well and have even managed to find value for yourself beyond the job you did, so how in the hell am I supposed to treat you" so she and I finally decided she would help me quit smoking lol. (which was another order and condition he put on my disability, along with walking and stretching everyday, which I always try to do anyway).

    So I think the most important thing is to have as many diagnosis confirmed by specialists as possible before sending in your application to social security. Age was only one minor consideration my my case.

  7. mylilcherub428

    mylilcherub428 New Member

    I thonk I got it because from 19 to 21 I was in 3 car accidents so I was always at th pysical therapy and docs office I practically lived there so I do not think age matters-Kim
  8. Honora88

    Honora88 Member

    Age shouldn't matter...brain fog is brain fog and you are thereby unreliable to work
  9. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I was 34 when I stopped working, 35 when I applied for SSDI and 37 when I was awarded my benefits. I have FM, CFS and chronic daily headache disorder.

    I had been sick since I was 28 but kept working unitl I was 34 because I loved my job, though my Dr did recommend disabiity for years before I took it. I did have documentation from my DR from the very first complaint and all the subsequent compliants, tests and treatments.

    Best of luck
  10. charlenef

    charlenef New Member

    i applied at 34 and was approved at 38
  11. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    is possible. I used an attorney.
  12. Tawra

    Tawra New Member

    They said it was a miracle I got on at that age.

    I had already been sick with CFS and FM for 3 years.

  13. Yucca13

    Yucca13 Member

    I was 56 when I was approved. I was very surprisingly approved on the first try also.
  14. wordwarrior

    wordwarrior New Member


    I have been in pain for as long as I can remember. I sought medical help after I left my abusive husband in 2000. Been to Chiropractors, Orthopediacs, Internists, Neurologists, and finally two months ago a well respected Rheumatologist. He finally diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. I also have IBS, TMJ, PTSD, had 1/2 my thyroid out last year (underactive/hashimoto's disease), massive migraines, bad sleeping problems, tired all the time, etc. Been tested for everything known to mankind. Basically, I'm a mess.

    My pain throughout the body has gotten worse over the past 5 years. FM is like kryptonite to me, and I know I will probably be in bad shape down the road. I am 45 now - and I need to work at least until my son (age 13) is 18 and can work and get insurance.

    How do you go about collecting disability? I work in NJ and have an apartment, but my real house is in NYS and I intend on moving in 5 years once my son reaches 18. If I get disability in NJ - will it be affected if I move to NYS? How much income do you get from SS/Disability? Are you allowed to work at all and still receive it. I have lots of questions - hopefully you all will have some answers.


  15. vito1234

    vito1234 New Member

    ty for answering this .i will keep fighting 4 my rights.My family doctor is on my side and he suggested to stop working . I hope my attorney is good even though she never calls me.