SS "activities of daily living" ??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by foggyfroggy, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. foggyfroggy

    foggyfroggy Guest

    Anyone written this out for a SS disability claim? I have a hearing coming up in the next couple months and I am told that if I do this it may help.
    Any tips?

    Gretchen
  2. barbinindiana

    barbinindiana New Member

    I didn't have to do that for my SSD, but I read on this board that you should give them your worse day senario.
    Barb
  3. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    I had to fill one out after my first denial.

    Foggyfroggy, I was wondering the same thing; do you have a lawyer or SS Rep. helping you? I have read that it IS important as sheesix said.

    Good Luck at your hearing, keep us posted,

    BlueSky555
  4. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    they mailed it out right away...i even had the exhb fill out paperwork...

    jodie
  5. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Important part of the paperwork i had to have my Rhumy help fill it out!......................goodluck to you!!!
  6. JLH

    JLH New Member

    They sent me this to complete immediately after I mailed in my application.

    I was honest and just told them what I could and could not do on a daily basis.
  7. mevy

    mevy New Member

    I recieved my forms to fill out only about 1 week or so after I filed my claim. Be sure and complete these forms as if you are describing your WORST DAY.

    Let them know how you feel and what a day is like for you to get through, how your pain scale is and how difficult it is for you to do anything (including taking care of even the simple things-that are no longer simple for us.) I told them how how these diseases affect my activities of daily living (Or the LACK OF the activies of daily living) as the
    tasks of everyday life has alot of new challenges for us to live with and NOTHING IS EASY TO DO ANYMORE.

    Something had to have worked--I applied the 1st time March 30, 2006 and recieved my 1st check for 5 months backpay on June 5, 2006. No denial, appeals, no lawyers!!!!! I still can't believe it was approved that soon. I was ready for a long hard battle. LUCKY ME!!!!!

    Hope all goes well for u. Good Luck.

    Mevy
  8. foggyfroggy

    foggyfroggy Guest

    Hi all and thanks.

    I did fill out one for the initial claim - which is why I was completely floored when I was denied! Filled one out for the reconsideration too. Same story.

    Now I am heading for a hearing and have been told by my doctor that I should write this out in a narrative form - just describe a typical day. Well, easier said than done for a brain-dead CFSer!

    I have been afraid now to seem too 'dramatic' when describing my symptoms etc. but on the other hand it's hard to even desribe all the ways my life has been altered and limited.

    I do have a lawyer now and he is a SS specialisr which is good but he seems very uninformed about CFS so I am a little concerned about that and that is one reason I was/am wondering how other people have approached the activities of daily living thing. I need to be more informed if he isn't!

    I should have had my doctor help me fill out all the forms from the very beginning but I was so dumb and naive that I thought there was no possible way I wouldn't get it. I was totally bedridden at the time in a darkend room and needed help even getting to the bathroom - in fact had to use a bedside commode for awhile. I ask you, what kind of gainful employment was/am I good for???

    I think our Social Security system is criminally negligent. I actually know someone who's friend had terminal cancer and was denied twice - she died while waiting for the hearing. She had lost her house by that time. I think I read that over 70% of all SS claims are denied the first time and I bet the proportion of denied cases for CFS and Fibro are much higher.

    Thanks again everyone

    Gretchen