SSDI Hearing..Seems like it went well (long one)

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Linn3, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. Linn3

    Linn3 New Member

    Sorry if this is long, but I am so excited and I just gotta tell somebody.
    I had my hearing before the ALJ on July 6th. I can't begin to tell you how nervous I was, actually trembling. I have a number of health issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, graves disease, chronic diarehea (I can't ever spell that word!) and depression. I've suffered from depression for about 8 years and have seen the same therapist during that time. Now it was the pain from the Fibro and the exhaustion from the CFS that forced me to quit working 3 years ago, but the judge (and my attorney) seemed to focus mainly on the fact that I am depressed.
    It was very intimidating and was really humiliating too. Imagine talking about your bowel movements and "accidents" with 4 strangers!
    The reason I think it went well is because at the end, the judge told the employment specialist a bunch of physical limitations that I had and then asked the specialist if there were any jobs I could conceivably do. The specialist said no. So based on that, I am thinking that the judge will approve me. I am praying.
    Dressing for the hearing was really difficult. I was going to go there looking my absolute worst, ratty clothes etc. but my attorney told me to dress like I would if I were going to have lunch at a casual retaurant. I decided that I would follow his instructions (well almost, my hair looked baaad and I only wore some light lipstick). I think that for me that was the right decision. I had a professional job before I got sick. The judge assigned to my case has a reputation for being "tough" and I expect she would have seen through my shabby clothing effort. But boy did I wrestle with that decision.
    Oh, I also have to say that the SSA pschologist gave me a report that was more favorable than the one my own pschologist wrote.
    I think it is so unfair that the fibro and chronic fatigue were pushed into the background and everything was focused on my depression. It's as if the medical and legal profession can't accept the fact that fibromyalgia and CFS are real and debilitating health problems. It's a pretty crazy world when someone has to be happy that they suffer from depression!
    Boy, If the judges decision comes back unfavorable, I will be truly devastated. X your fingers for me
  2. MamaDove

    MamaDove New Member


    I too have been waiting for my ssdi to be concluded...Apparently it is so slow where I am they don't even know when the hearings will be so my atty summarized my claim in a formal letter to the judge (well it's actually to the lawyers that help the judges) asking for an "Immediate Favorable Decision"...

    I was ticked when my lawyer put 'depression' first on my list of impairments BUT you must meet their criteria and I did so with the psych exam...My psychologist wrote a very detailed report regarding my limitations in mental capacity but duly noted WHY I suffer from depression, due to the chronic pain of FMS and how it changed my life while no treatment tried to date has helped.

    So it's a criteria thing to qualify for ssdi and my lawyer guided me properly throughout on the road to winning my case...I have no doubt when they dig my case file out of the cobwebs, I will be approved...I struggled through 11 years of working while battling these dd's only to worsen all of my conditions to the point I CANNOT work anymore, but not for lack of trying...I still don't know WHY I am this bad, I've tried everything and to be honest, I thought if I took a year off things could be different, not so, it seems the more I try to better my health, the more this thing revs up its attack on me...

    I wish you luck and let us know when the decision letter comes in the mail...

    Peaceful days ahead~Alicia
  3. mrdad

    mrdad New Member


    I went thru the ALJ hearing about a year ago. The court

    appointed Labor Expert also stated in my case that there

    wasn't anything in the current job market I could perform.

    I'm sure that you will receive a favorable decision as an

    appeal would only contradict the findings and testimony of

    the labor Specialist. Now it's just "Hurry up and wait".

    You may not get the written determination for up to 6 wks.

    It's worth it in the end. Best of luck!

    MRDAD
  4. Linn3

    Linn3 New Member

    It does sound hopeful, and I'm sure you're right about all factors being considered. I guess I just feel that the judges seem to try to find another reason to award, rather than awarding based on fibro. Maybe they (social security administration) don't want to open the fibromyalgia flood gates. It breaks my heart to hear about all the deserving people who get denied on their fibro claims.
    Hearings are slow here too. After my initial denial, I had to wait 27 months for a hearing. I live in one of the 10 test states, so in my state if you are denied initially, there is no other recourse except to wait for a hearing.
    I hope your attorney's letter does the trick. I wish I had hired an attorney as soon as I decided to apply for ssdi.
  5. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    just wait for the money..

    jodie