Question... 03/11/07 05:04 PM I'm sorry - I am new to this type of communication. I wanted to ask a question or two. I have had four years of symptoms, going from dr to dr, and was recently diagnosed with FM/CFS. I initially applied for disability last June, after not being able to work for 9 months. I contacted a lawyer at that time, but he said there's not much he can do for me until I am denied twice. He said I wouldn't need him until I am scheduled for a hearing - when that happens, I am to contact him again. But here I read a few of you who have received disability with a lawyer on the first application... I was told nobody gets disability on the first application. I was also told by my rheumatologist that for the last two years, none of his fibro patients who have applied for disability have gotten it; they've all been denied. He said the same is true for all of his rheumatoid arthritis patients. He made it seem near impossible. Even the disability examiner I talked with on the phone was surprised when I told her that a couple of people I know were on disability due to FM/CFS; she sounded surprised and told me, "Really? I've never heard of anyone getting disability for FM/CFS." It was quite upsetting to me, but I kept plugging away with all the reems of paperwork and all the hoops you have to jump through. Right now I am at the waiting stage between the "Request for Reconsideration." I've almost "gone to begging", because I am in such extreme pain and so very very weak, and I need help. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.