Social Security Disability

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by blue_eyezz36, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. blue_eyezz36

    blue_eyezz36 New Member

    I wanted to share with you all....I was finally awarded disability after four long years of denials and disappointments. In 2007, when I went in front of the ALJ and was denied it was one of the worst times of my life, but now that the appeals council has overruled my decision I finally feel relieved and want others to know not to give up. This board has been such a help to me just knowing that others are going through what I am and that I wasn't alone. Thank you all!
  2. robin1667

    robin1667 New Member

    I am so happy for you and so sorry it took so long! I was awarded mine last yr. it did not take mine very long to be approved, but the stress from it was terrible! Do something nice for yourself, you deserve it!!!! Hugs, Robin

    NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!
  3. luv2float

    luv2float New Member

    I'm so happy to hear about your approval.

    This gives me some hope. I've been through all the levels and am awaiting the decision from the appeals committee. My claim has been in Virgina for 1 yr, 4 months. As of this December, I've been fighting for my claim 5 years!!!!

    I've lost everything in the meantime!

  4. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    I am so happy for you, what relief you must feel. Each win I hear about gives me hope that I too will win my claim:)

  5. blue_eyezz36

    blue_eyezz36 New Member

    I filed with my local Social Security office and waited and waited. When I was denied the first time I then researched and felt like my best option was to sign up with Allsup and they have helped me the rest of the way. I hope this helps.
  6. Jgavi

    Jgavi New Member

    Good for you, i know it has been a fight and most people give friend is in her 8th year trying to get her approval.

    I wish more people would post on their fight and how long it can take,
    It is hard to accept it can take some people one try but many it can take years!

    Comes down to Dr's DOCUMENTION and a judge who undertands what FMS/CFS is!

    I bet all that stress just left your body, didnt it!?
    That in itself helps your pain.....

    take care, gavi
  7. savvy50

    savvy50 New Member

    ....on winning your appeal! I was turned down by the ALJ last March and my lawyer advised me to start all over instead of appealing the decision. I did start over as soon as my 60 days were up and now am waiting on a decision on my first appeal. I'm hoping for a miracle but will probably have to go before the ALJ again.
    The process here seems to move a bit faster. I originally filed in February 2007 and had my hearing in March 2008. Hopefully this go round will move along as well.

    Question for blue...or anyone that has appealed. Does the backpay go back to when you originally file or does it start when you refile? I've heard conflicting answers and would like to know from someone who knows.
  8. petemora

    petemora Member

    It makes my heart leap for joy when one of us gets approved!

    Good for you!

    Janice P.
  9. jmq

    jmq New Member

    I wish you could see me doing the happy dance for you....well, a bed version of the happy dance...LOL. You made my day with your wonderful news. I hope I have the same outcome.

    What determination you had...Thank God!

  10. hensue

    hensue New Member

    I have read one really bad expierence with Allsup on the board the others seem to be right on.
    Do you mine telling me what state you live in?
    I am sure i will probably be denied first time. So not anxouis about that.
    It makes us all feel better
  11. DeborahLynn

    DeborahLynn Member

    I waited the required six months to file for disability after having to stop working. All the tons of paperwork is daunting! After I was denied, and my request for reconsideration was denied, I hired a disability attorney, then with his help, I applied for a hearing. it took a 14 months before I got scheduled for a hearing, but I was approved at the hearing. In all, from the time I had to stop working, to the time I was approved, it took 3 years.

    I bathed the whole process in prayer! I prayed and prayed for the lawyer, the people at the disability offices, for anyone who had anything to do with my case, that the Lord would take control of both my life and the disability situation.

    It was a difficult three years, but it certainly brought me closer to the Lord, because I cannot see what's going on in the disability offices; I can't know what's going to happen in my life down the road, but the Lord can! He promises to bless us as we turn over everything to Him, and He is true to His promises!!!!

    Even if I had not won, if I had to do it all over again, I'd still put everything in the Lord's care. because it causes much less stress on me! He takes care of us, so we don't ever have to worry!

    So happy for you, Blue Eyezz! Rejoice and celebrate! Deb
  12. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    Congratulations! What a huge step in your life! I know how you feel, almost. I waited 3 1/2 years but was approved at my first ALJ Hearing. Actually, I had a great attorney and a wonderful Judge; he could see that there was no way I would ever work again. However, the wait was a long hard one and I went into depression just going through the entire process. I am sure that finding this board and learning the ropes about SSD had a lot to do with winning my case; so many nice folks here. I'm very happy for you and hope you are awarded all of your backpay; you deserve it.


    Savvoy, I don't understand why your attorney would advise you to start all over; it doesn't make sense to me. I would think that appealing would have been the best thing. As for backpay, I don't think you can go back to your first application but I don't know that for sure. I've always heard that it's best to appeal rather than start over. Good luck to you.
  13. dafoefan

    dafoefan New Member

    I highly recommend Allsup. I procrastinated for a years, even lying to my husband that I filed but it takes a really long time. I was too overwhelmed by the paperwork. (I'm in California)

    A friend I met online recommended Allsup, and they did everything! I was approved within 6 months. Never had to talk with SS, Allsup did it all. I went out of work before my 40th birthday. The final paperwork showed that I was considered disabled from my first day out of work. I really screwed myself out of a few years of $$, as they only went back 1 year.

    Make sure you are going to regular doctor appts (especially specialists for any problems you may have), a psychologist, and keep track of meds. I think those things made a big difference.

    Good luck! Lisa
  14. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    Yes, Lisa; I agree. Once approved for SSD, you still must go to Dr. appointments and stay on medications. When it's time for a review, you probably have to show documentation for your visits/meds. (I wasn't given a review time; don't think I will ever have one, according to my letter).

    I also wanted to "bump" this so others who posted here could see again.