SSD Approval!!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Dara, May 9, 2003.

  1. Dara

    Dara New Member

    Yes, I received my approval letter today from the Administrative Law Judge. His approval was dated over two weeks ago but I just received the paperwork in today's mail. I filed in Feb. of 2002 and he has approved my disability starting with the last day that I worked in 2001. So, all I can say is don't give up hope. I know there were so many times I just wanted to say forget this, but thankfully I didn't. If anyone has any questions just let me know. I'll be glad to share anything that I can..within reason!!

    Dara
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Dara, always glad to hear when someone gets their SSD!

    You will get all those back checks they owe you, enjoy!


    Shalom, Shirl
  3. OuchyMama

    OuchyMama New Member

    I am so happy for you and pleased you have won this battle Best Wishes
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

    Love, Mikie
  5. Dara

    Dara New Member

    thanks for your congratulations, I still can't really believe it. I think I've re-read the determination about a dozen times already. I am 56, will be 57 in August. I was 55 when I applied, in fact the ALJ wrote in his determination that I was at a "advanced age", that really burst my bubble, I'll tell you. But, I know I have read somewhere that if you're over 55 you have a better chance. but if you're disabled, then you're disabled, I don't think age should have a thing to do with it. My 30 year old daughter has days when she's in worse shape than I am. One thing I will say though, at least in my experience, is that when you're younger you seem to be able to keep going and keep pushing, then as age creeps up on you it just seems that you don't have the energy to keep on going.

    Dara
  6. memaw

    memaw New Member

    Dara, I am so thrilled for you. I am working on my disability and today I received a notification for the mental evaluation for my depression, memory loss and anxiety. Have you done that? If so, can you tell me a little about it?
  7. loopyloo

    loopyloo New Member

    I'm so glad you got your disability took long enough glad you pursevered and got there in the end
    (((((big hugs))))))
    Loopyloo xx
  8. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I also went to a psych evaluation, someone that SS set up the appointment for. I never did see his report so I don't know what he said about me. I also did go to a mental health specialist who deals with just Fibro patients. Even though my PCP is the one who prescribes the Effexor for me, I think that going to a specialist probably does help. Same thing as going to a rheumatologist or a special Fibro Clinic probably gives you a better chance than going to your PCP. I believe that what finally made them change their decision was the letters that I submitted. One was from my PCP, the Fibromyalgia Clinic, and also an assessment stating what I was and was not capable of doing, physically.

    Do you have an attorney? I think it helps, even though I feel I did all the work. You know, the longer it takes to get approved the more money your attorney makes. Mine, reluctantly, mentioned that sometimes they will reconsider your case based on the medical documentation, meaning you don't have to appear before the ALJ. If they agree to do that then fine. If they don't agree to do it, or if they do and still deny you, then you just go ahead a keep your appointment with the ALJ. At least, that's the way I understood it.

    Dara
  9. memaw

    memaw New Member

    I live in a small town and we have no rheum. doctor or, as far as I can tell, anyone really good with fms. I would have to drive 80 miles each way. I'm hoping that it doesn't adversely affect the decision. I filed in Feb 03 and it seems to be moving along alright. I have a letter from my former employer about my plight and a form that my doctor (pcp) filled out for me. I have had tons of different tests in the past to try to find my sciatica pain but that didn't fit into this first go-round. The pain is bad but it is the memory loss and cognitive problems that I feel are really keeping me from working. That and the fatigue. I have to take a long nap every afternoon.

    I am using Disability Advocates of America. They aren't lawyers, but disabled folks themselves. They get their fee just like lawyers, based on our award. The president was with SS for many years and understands what we go through to try to get what is ours. Fibromyalgia is his pet project becase we have received the short end of the stick for so long.

    Thanks again and sorry for this long post. I am so happy that this trial is over for you.
  10. ForeverFlaring

    ForeverFlaring New Member

    Woohoo! Congrats!! I couldn't be happier for you. You give us hope once again!
  11. ronn

    ronn New Member

    Glad to hear you got approved I've been trying since oct.03
    I got a letter today saying I'm approved for the medical but are reviewing the non medical do you have any idea what this is by the way I'll be 61 yrs. in sept. 03
  12. ronn

    ronn New Member

    Glad to hear you got approved I've been trying since oct.02
    I got a letter today saying I'm approved for the medical but are reviewing the non medical do you have any idea what this is by the way I'll be 61 yrs. in sept. 03
  13. Breel

    Breel New Member

    Hi Dara, I am very glad for you and your SSD approval. I am a 56 yr old female who has had fibromyalgia for years also; but just went to a rheumatologist this past year. I went through panic attacks for most of my life. I was also on alprazalom(generic for Xanax)since 1995 and before that was on centrax. I am on a combination of meds from the rheum, but I have stopped using the alprazalom because of being on lexapro. I have a question about SSD and what it really comes to is my being unmarried for the past 8 yrs and I am still working. If I didn't work I would not be able to pay my rent, all my bills, etc. I have sufferered so badly at work and my legs and feet swell so big I am afraid it will cause severe problems because I also have high blood pressure and take meds for that. I was told you have to be off work for at least a year before applying. What can someone like me do in a case such as mine? Thank you for anything you may be able to tell me, or if anyone reads this and knows how women or men who cannot stop working even if they have to suffer on a job to make a living can receive SSD. I am in pain and see no way out of this horrible way of living. God Bless and Thank You, Breel
    [This Message was Edited on 05/12/2003]
  14. Dara

    Dara New Member

    First of all, you don't have to be off of work for a year in order to file for SSD. My last day worked was in November of 2001, I submitted my paperwork in February 2002. The ALJ based my disability as starting on the first day I was unable to work. Probably what was meant by having to be off work is that you need to have a physical condition that is going to keep you from working for at least six months or end in death!! (we don't want that one). Have you gotten onto the social security website and looked up disability? It tells all about the rules and stuff in there. Do you have any disability through work that you could use to live on until you were approved? One thing in my favor, according the the ALJ's decision, was my "advanced age", (55-59 is what he considered advanced). Is your doctor willing to agree that you should not be working? Also, I don't know what State you live in but I think most states have a Department of Aging & Disabilities. You wouldn't get as much as you probably would from SS, but it could be enough to help you out until you get approved. Hope some of this helps you. Let me know how you're doing.

    Dara
  15. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I have no idea what the letter would mean by saying you are approved for the medical but waiting for the non-medical. Have you called the SS office to ask them? Usually they are pretty good about telling you what they meant in the letter. When you find out what the difference is, let me know, I'm curious now.

    Dara
  16. ronn

    ronn New Member

    Dara, I called social security they said I'm approved and would be getting first check in oct. no back pay as they didn't consider me disabled till their dr. saw me don't know why and guess I don't care as I will get it anyway long time between pay checks they have their rules and they are the boss The non medical is to check if I had enough quarters I'm sure I had enough I worked for the last place 34 yrs.
    Thought I would let you know
    Have a good day and smile it's easier than frowning

    see ya!! Ronn
  17. Dara

    Dara New Member

    Good for you. The main thing is that you got approved. I'd say 34 years at one job would be enough to qualify!!

    Dara