Hey Everyone, I went into my local SSA office YEARS ago (apx 1994-96) & was told that I needed to have been out of work for a year already before filing. Of course this was not true. I guess for years I thought as long as I can do SOMETHING that I couldn't get SSA. I was young, uninformed & confused. Now, I REALLY have to apply but I cannot access any of my old medical paperwork & other needed documents. I've seen TONS of doctors through the years & couldn't even begin to remember their names without my old datebooks/medical documents I may have. I will need to prove my disabilities started in the 90's as I do not have any substantial work credits for too many years (the years my dumb@ss should have already been collecting!). To me this whole mess is a HUGE undertaking, starting with "waiting for a nice day so everything can be pulled out of the garage" to get to the file boxes. Hubby is stretched as far as he can but I cannot move boxes & furniture to get to the needed boxes. Is it SO very important to initially have my medical history? What can I do without this information? Can I file without all of this? What exactly do I need to file for the first time? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.