It was a long seven months! SSD approved me!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Betsy2, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    Yesterday I received my disability dertmination award letter!! I fully expected to go through what everyone else on here has posted as going through with Social Security. It took seven months to be notified because once approved by the adjuncator my case was pulled for an audit to Chicago (regional office of SS). I think the anxiety of waiting for a decision took its toll on my entire body. I just want to tell those of you who are waiting or thinking of applying not to give up hope. You don't always have to hire a lawyer nor do you always have to go through the appeals process. I did neither of those things. However, keep in mind that every case is different. I sincerely believe that my case was well documented by my doctors, therapist and my employer. I tried to work as much as possible during the past six years but I soon realized how undependable I had become to my employer. I wasn't doing myself any favors by trying so hard to show up to work nor was I doing them any favors by being so undependable. It was the hardest decision that I had to make in my life next to my decision to divorce. I have never felt so incapable of being productive as I have for the past six years. Keep the hope alive and pray as much as possible. Whoever your God may be, God hears prayers.

    Betts
    [This Message was Edited on 11/05/2002]
  2. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    Yesterday I received my disability dertmination award letter!! I fully expected to go through what everyone else on here has posted as going through with Social Security. It took seven months to be notified because once approved by the adjuncator my case was pulled for an audit to Chicago (regional office of SS). I think the anxiety of waiting for a decision took its toll on my entire body. I just want to tell those of you who are waiting or thinking of applying not to give up hope. You don't always have to hire a lawyer nor do you always have to go through the appeals process. I did neither of those things. However, keep in mind that every case is different. I sincerely believe that my case was well documented by my doctors, therapist and my employer. I tried to work as much as possible during the past six years but I soon realized how undependable I had become to my employer. I wasn't doing myself any favors by trying so hard to show up to work nor was I doing them any favors by being so undependable. It was the hardest decision that I had to make in my life next to my decision to divorce. I have never felt so incapable of being productive as I have for the past six years. Keep the hope alive and pray as much as possible. Whoever your God may be, God hears prayers.

    Betts
    [This Message was Edited on 11/05/2002]
  3. 51Sandy

    51Sandy New Member

    Hi, my name is Sandy from Ohio and I can't remember if I've posted before, but anyway, Betsy, you don't know how I envy you! (I know, envy is THE GREEN MONSTER!) I filed May 4, 2000, got my two denials, and HAVE NOT YET been assigned to a judge! I had an Epstein-Barr test done several months or so before I even applied (900+, but don't know much about the numbers, just know I had to move in with my parents and sell my house because I couldn't take care of it, myself, my animals, or my kids, who are pretty much grown, but still). I went to bed Sunday afternoon, slept all day Monday (yesterday) and forced myself up today. I also have been going to a mental health clinic for severe, chronic depression and panic disorder for years, AND have had three unsuccessful back surgeries for which I now go to a pain clinic. I am certainly medication-dependant, have uncontrollable days of crying and horrific fatigue. The SSD people denied me twice on the back problem which is somewhat controllable with narcotics. They didn't even adress the chronic fatigue. I am an emotional mess! I live on $115 a month cash and $135 a month in food stamps from the state welfare (that alone is enough to make me feel like a complete failure). Thanks to my parents, they bought the house I am living in and pay all my bills, including my computer and internet! I am 51 and should be taking care of THEM - which makes me feel horrible and SO guilty. My self-esteem is on the 'bottom of my shoe'. I guess I'll have to get a pro-bono attorney, but at this time it upsets me to have to hire a stranger to come in and take over. I shouldn't feel that way, I was a Realtor for 11 years, and many times went in and took over at the 'wit's end' of the seller! Any advice out there? And Betsy, congratulations, if you have any advice, please e-mail me!! Thanks for reading my rambling! Sandy (in Ohio) surfasa1@juno.com
  4. Milo83

    Milo83 New Member

    I'm so happy for you, it's always good to hear some good news on here.....Best of Luck to you.......
    Take Care.......Donna
  5. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I'm so happy for you--- and it gives hope to others going through the same process. Thanks for sharing your good news!

    Hugs,
    Pam
  6. SaraD

    SaraD New Member

    Thank God for that!!! Awesome, so glad to hear there might be hope. I applied in May 2001, had my hearing on August 2nd this year and anxiously rushing to the mailbox every day. I believe they have to let me know something within 120 days which will be a few weeks from now. I also had a lawyer but he doesn't have a clue... It's really driving me nuts. I just had to close out my 401K because my company finally stopped by LTD payments in May and it's really hard. I really feel like there's plenty of documentation but I think my age (29) is going to be held against me, so pray hard for me and all the others out there who have perservered in this area and pray that answer will come soon for me and it's the answer I deserve!!!
    Sarad
  7. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    Thank you to all of you. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I sit here and cry knowing what some of you are going through. Believe me there isn't a day when I come to these boards when I don't say a prayer for someone who is dealing with this pain and suffering. We didn't ask for this DD or shall I shall I say diseases being that so many of us have co-existing conditions. If it hadn't been for my rheaumatologist, her nurse practioner and my therapist I may not be here today. I thank God for blessing me with these intelligent, caring and compassionate people. My favorite inspirational song is the one Jerry Lewis sings at the end of the MS telethon, "Walk On". I listen to that and it renews my faith that there is a higher power that walks beside you at all times. I don't mean to spout my religios beliefs here but I can't tell you enough to NEVER, EVER give up hope.
  8. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    I don't think they can deny you based on your age but I could be wrong. There are so many ins and outs of SSD. It would seem like that is age discrimination. I too got to the bottom of the boat and was ready to dip into my 401k or pension. I have been living a financial nightmare and I was only able to get food stamps of 139.00 a month. No state assistance otherwise because I was awarded some property in my divorce settlement that I haven't been able to sell. Mr. Nice Guy (my ex) unloaded 6 swamp lots on me and three other lots that won't sell for some reason. I didn't take much in the settlement because it got to the point where I couldn't deal with all the bickering due to my health. Please, please keep your hope alive. My prayers are with you.

    Betsy
  9. LuvMeCritters

    LuvMeCritters New Member

    That's wonderful news. Thanks so much for sharing. It gives the rest of us hope. And you are so right, we have to keep hope alive. And prayers are answered.

    God Bless
    Regina
  10. AnnetClo

    AnnetClo New Member

    I read in another post about someone who hasn't been able to get SSDI because she can't get a specialist to treat her (I think that's what her post was saying). Is it always necessary to have someone other than a PCP treating you in order to receive SSDI? Would it matter what kind of specialist, like rheumy or pain specialist? Not ready to file yet, but would like to know.

    Annette
  11. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    I don't know if a specialist is needed in order to get SSD. Myself, I have been going to a rheaumatologist for six years and have seen three different PCP's. I think most important is that any physician you see, documents thoroughly and accurately.
  12. joannie1

    joannie1 New Member

    What wonderful news especially at Christmas time ha. I am so glad to hear about others getting approved. I have had a dog of a time and have to begin the process over. But you know I refuse to give up on it. That is all one can do is keep trying and fighting it. That is what this DD is all about.
    Congrats, I am so happy for you.
    Joannie
  13. Carlacat

    Carlacat New Member

    Thats good news...What were your diagnois that you filed with?
  14. Betsy2

    Betsy2 New Member

    I filed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Depression. In talking with the case worker at the state level she told me that I may not be approved for Fibro or CFS because they are not on SS list of disabilities but could very well be approved for depression. Of course, SS doesn't tell you which disability they approved you on. If depression was the reason I was approved, I find it so sad that as disabling as both Fibro and CFS are, SS doesn't consider them as such. Depression is only a part of the CFS and Fibro and the depression wouldn't exist if the pain were not disabling as you all know.

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