Qualifying for SSI

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by daquayom, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. daquayom

    daquayom New Member

    I was wondering about ssi and if i qualify. I am 37 years old and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 7 years ago. I deal with symptoms like sore, burning muscles, headaches, poor concentration, terrible forgetfulness, and depression just to name a few. I am taking 2 blood pressure pills, 2 water pills, 2 antidepressants, Zanax for panic attacks and anxiety, Adderall for narcolepsy, Darvocet and Naproxen for pain, and Imitrex for Migraines. I feel like I am going crazy cause my Doctor isn't much of a believer in this illness. (The doctor who diagnosed me is no longer in practice). My symptons now are to the point that I am having real problems doing everyday little things such as folding laundry, climbing stairs, using my hands too much, etc.
  2. daquayom

    daquayom New Member

    Our household income is 25,000, I am married, and have 5 children. I know I have worked enough but I have not been declared disabled.
  3. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Do you mean SSDI or SSI?????

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    Here is the Difference in SSI and SSDI for Disability:

    If you are unable to work at all due to a medical condition, you may qualify for disability benefits through your employer, or the Federal Government (U.S.)

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) are the largest Federal programs providing financial assistance to people with disabilities.

    Though the medical requirements for eligibility are the same under the two programs, the way they are funded is different.

    SSDI is paid by Social Security taxes, and those who qualify for assistance receive benefits based on how much an employee has paid into the system.

    SSI is funded by general tax revenues, and those who qualify receive payments based on financial need.

    For information about the SSDI and SSI programs, contact the Social Security Administration, phone 1-800-772-1213, or on www.ssa.gov/disability

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    If you have enough work credits, anybody can apply for SSDI.

    It sounds like you have quite a few problems. When you complete your application, don't do it at the office or via telephone. Take the application home so that you have time to think about it and spend some time completing it.

    When you list the illness which you are applying for, make sure you list every little symptom/problem that you have. Sometimes, when you add of all of your problems, you can see why you are not able to work!

    FOR EXAMPLE:

    I typed out the info for my sister's application. Here are some of the problems that she included in her application:

    (1) Coughing. Severe coughing attacks that occur all day long as well as all during the night due to COPD.
    (2) Shortness of Breath. Major problem due to asthma compounded by my weight.
    (3) Chest Pains. Due to constant severe coughing attacks.
    (4) Pain. Affected areas are neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers, lower back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet. Pain is excruciating and incapacitates me.
    (5) Joint Pain. My joints are affected my arthritis which cause s great stiffness and soreness in addition to the pain.
    (6) Muscle Pain. This burning, gnawing, aching, fibromyalgia-type pain affects every muscle in my body.
    (7) Inability to Sleep. Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Trouble breathing while lying in bed. Pain wakes me up when I do finally fall asleep and must toss and turn to find a position not painful. Coughing spells wake me up and keep me awake. Hard to stay awake and concentrate the following day due to not enough quality sleep. I have sleep apnea and sleep with a CPAP machine and oxygen.
    (8) Fatigue and Weakness. Overwhelming and debilitating fatigue due to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I don’t know why I feel so weak all of the time, but I feel so weak that it is hard to even raise my arm and I dread even moving.
    (9) Inability of Walk and Stand. Use a wheelchair 90% of the time. Can only walk a few steps at a time and can not stand more than 5 minutes at a time.
    (10) Cognitive Dysfunction. Inability to concentrate. Trouble with short-term and long-term memory. Head feels so fuzzy all of the time that I cannot drive many times—brain feels as fatigued as my body.
    (11) Depression.
    (12) Anxiety/Panic Attacks.
    (13) Urinary Incontinence. Daily spasms and irritability causing urinary urgency and extreme incontinence.
    (14) Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Constant diarrhea and constipation.
    (15) Headaches. Experience chronic tension and “sick” headaches, which vomiting.
    (16) TMJ in Jaw. Pain in jaws as well as cramps, dizziness, and pain in the TMJ joint.
    (17) Circulatory Sensitivity to Temperature and Moisture. Hands, arms, feet, legs, and face tingle and become numb, like in Raynauds Syndrome and Neuropathy.
    (18) Hearing Loss.
    (19) Obesity.
    (20) Acid Reflux. Constant heartburn, stomach burning, and nausea due to GERD.
    (21) Profuse Perspiration.


    OR ....................

    You can look over this list of fibro symptoms and include what apply to you:


    GENERAL
    ____ Fatigue, made worse by physical exertion or stress
    ____ Activity level decreased to less than 50% of pre-illness activity level
    ____ Recurrent flu-like illness
    ____ Sore throat
    ____ Hoarseness
    ____ Tender or swollen lymph nodes (glands), especially in neck and underarms
    ____ Shortness of breath (air hunger) with little or no exertion
    ____ Frequent sighing
    ____ Tremor or trembling
    ____ Severe nasal allergies (new allergies or worsening of previous allergies)
    ____ Cough
    ____ Night sweats
    ____ Low-grade fevers
    ____ Feeling cold often
    ____ Feeling hot often
    ____ Cold extremities (hands and feet)
    ____ Low body temperature (below 97.6)
    ____ Low blood pressure (below 110/70)
    ____ Heart palpitations
    ____ Dryness of eyes and/or mouth
    ____ Increased thirst
    ____ Symptoms worsened by temperature changes
    ____ Symptoms worsened by air travel
    ____ Symptoms worsened by stress


    PAIN
    ____ Headache
    ____ Tender points or trigger points
    ____ Muscle pain
    ____ Muscle twitching
    ____ Muscle weakness
    ____ Paralysis or severe weakness of an arm or leg
    ____ Joint pain
    ____ TMJ syndrome
    ____ Chest pain


    GENERAL NEUROLOGICAL
    ____ Lightheadedness; feeling "spaced out"
    ____ Inability to think clearly ("brain fog")
    ____ Seizures
    ____ Seizure-like episodes
    ____ Syncope (fainting) or blackouts
    ____ Sensation that you might faint
    ____ Vertigo or dizziness
    ____ Numbness or tingling sensations
    ____ Tinnitus (ringing in one or both ears)
    ____ Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
    ____ Noise intolerance



    EQUILIBRIUM/PERCEPTION
    ____ Feeling spatially disoriented
    ____ Dysequilibrium (balance difficulty)
    ____ Staggering gait (clumsy walking; bumping into things)
    ____ Dropping things frequently
    ____ Difficulty judging distances (e.g. when driving; placing objects on surfaces)
    ____ "Not quite seeing" what you are looking at



    SLEEP
    ____ Hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
    ____ Sleep disturbance: unrefreshing or non-restorative sleep
    ____ Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling asleep
    ____ Sleep disturbance: difficulty staying asleep (frequent awakenings)
    ____ Sleep disturbance: vivid or disturbing dreams or nightmares
    ____ Altered sleep/wake schedule (alertness/energy best late at night)


    MOOD/EMOTIONS
    ____ Depressed mood
    ____ Suicidal thoughts
    ____ Suicide attempts
    ____ Feeling worthless
    ____ Frequent crying
    ____ Feeling helpless and/or hopeless
    ____ Inability to enjoy previously enjoyed activities
    ____ Increased appetite
    ____ Decreased appetite
    ____ Anxiety or fear when there is no obvious cause
    ____ Panic attacks
    ____ Irritability; overreaction
    ____ Rage attacks: anger outbursts with little or no cause
    ____ Abrupt, unpredictable mood swings
    ____ Phobias (irrational fears)
    ____ Personality changes


    EYES AND VISION
    ____ Eye pain
    ____ Changes in visual acuity (frequent changes in ability to see well)
    ____ Difficulty with accommodation (switching focus from one thing to another)
    ____ Blind spots in vision


    SENSITIVITIES
    ____ Sensitivities to medications (unable to tolerate "normal" dosage)
    ____ Sensitivities to odors (e.g., cleaning products, exhaust fumes, colognes, hair sprays)
    ____ Sensitivities to foods
    ____ Alcohol intolerance
    ____ Alteration of taste, smell, and/or hearing


    UROGENITAL
    ____ Frequent urination
    ____ Painful urination or bladder pain
    ____ Prostate pain
    ____ Impotence
    ____ Endometriosis
    ____ Worsening of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
    ____ Decreased libido (sex drive)


    GASTROINTESTINAL
    ____ Stomach ache; abdominal cramps
    ____ Nausea
    ____ Vomiting
    ____ Esophageal reflux (heartburn)
    ____ Frequent diarrhea
    ____ Frequent constipation
    ____ Bloating; intestinal gas
    ____ Decreased appetite
    ____ Increased appetite
    ____ Food cravings
    ____ Weight gain (____ lbs)
    ____ Weight loss (____ lbs)


    SKIN
    ____ Rashes or sores
    ____ Eczema or psoriasis


    OTHER
    ____ Hair loss
    ____ Mitral valve prolapse
    ____ Cancer
    ____ Dental problems
    ____ Periodontal (gum) disease
    ____ Aphthous ulcers (canker sores)


    COGNITIVE
    ____ Difficulty with simple calculations (e.g., balancing checkbook)
    ____ Word-finding difficulty
    ____ Using the wrong word
    ____ Difficulty expressing ideas in words
    ____ Difficulty moving your mouth to speak
    ____ Slowed speech
    ____ Stuttering; stammering
    ____ Impaired ability to concentrate
    ____ Easily distracted during a task
    ____ Difficulty paying attention
    ____ Difficulty following a conversation when background noise is present
    ____ Losing your train of thought in the middle of a sentence
    ____ Difficulty putting tasks or things in proper sequence
    ____ Losing track in the middle of a task (remembering what to do next)
    ____ Difficulty with short-term memory
    ____ Difficulty with long-term memory
    ____ Forgetting how to do routine things
    ____ Difficulty understanding what you read
    ____ Switching left and right
    ____ Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you speak
    ____ Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you write
    ____ Difficulty remembering names of objects
    ____ Difficulty remembering names of people
    ____ Difficulty recognizing faces
    ____ Difficulty following simple written instructions
    ____ Difficulty following complicated written instructions
    ____ Difficulty following simple oral (spoken) instructions
    ____ Difficulty following complicated oral (spoken) instructions
    ____ Poor judgment
    ____ Difficulty making decisions
    ____ Difficulty integrating information (putting ideas together to form a complete picture or concept)
    ____ Difficulty following directions while driving
    ____ Becoming lost in familiar locations when driving
    ____ Feeling too disoriented to drive


    Hope some of this info helped.

    Hugs,
    Janet