SSDI question in San Francisco

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Lichu3, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. Lichu3

    Lichu3 New Member

    Hi, all,

    I am just beginning the SSDI and long-term disability insurance (offered through my work) process here in San Francisco (Burlingame to be exact) for CFS. From what I understand, it will be a challenge with this diagnosis. My doctors are understanding and will support the diagnosis but it seems I will need some objective evidence of disability. My major problems are AM brain fog and post-exertional pain, fatigue, brain fog. Does anyone know a good lawyer to help guide me through this or a specialist in the area who can recommend tests to help me "prove" to these people my symptoms? Thanks.

    - Lily
  2. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    If you can travel to Los Gatos, Dr. R.O.Waiton, on Almendra, is excellent. He is a rehab specialist, as well as having many other degrees, includng the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

    Several people are going to him, and seem really happy. He knows how to handle the state, and he understands and treats CFS and Fibro. He accepts insurances and is reasonable. He is also nice.

    Good luck,
  3. sascha

    sascha Member

    is Myra K. Levenson, Att'y At Law, PO Box 1739, Mill Valley, CA 94942-1739
    San Francisco tel. no: 1-415-388-3800

    i haven't contacted her in a few years, but she was very helpful and good to work with when i got disability.

    the thing that backed up my claim the most was my primary care physician's documentation of all my problems over the preceding few years.

    good luck! Sascha
  4. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    come across the bridge to marin. she was helpful to me as well. but usually they say wait until you are denied two times before contaction the attorneys.

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  5. turtlesyndrome

    turtlesyndrome New Member

    I applied for disability in Jan. 2005 and I was approved in August 2005. I Live in california and I receive SSI and SSDI.

    I submitted a daily journal that I kept for 30 days detailing my symptoms. I also was evaluated by both a state appointed doctor and pyscologist, which I think helped my claim. I also submitted a detailed list of my immediate symptoms and limitaions listed below.

    There is an organization if you need an attorney called the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives you can reach them at They are a non-profit/non-commercial organization. There phone number is (800) 431-2804

    Limitations from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:


    -Overwhelming fatigue, exhaustion, weakness, persistent flu-like symptoms and postexertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours.
    - Persistent intractable muscle and joint pain
    - Headaches of a new severity
    - Unrefreshing sleep
    - Sore throat
    - Impaired short term memory and concentration
    - Visual impairments such as focusing
    - Lightheaded and increased fatigue from prolonged standing
    - Dizziness and vertigo
    - Nausea, bloating, indigestion, loss of appetite
    - Confusion
    - Anxiety, and episodes of sadness/ depression.
    - Decreased libido


    - stand or sit upright for more than a few minutes on relatively bad days.

    - perform activities with a schedule, maintain regular attendance, and sustain an ordinary routine.

    - complete a normal workday and workweek without interruption by symptoms and perform at a consistent pace without an unreasonable number and length of rest periods.

    - stand, sit upright, and or concentrate for more than three to four hours on relatively good days. (I have had an average of about 10-12 good days per month for the last 12 months)

    - walk consecutively for more than 15-20 min. on good days

    - walk consecutively for more than a few min. on bad days.

    - drive far distances such as 50 miles or more on good days.

    - drive at all on bad days.

    - lift and or carry heavy objects such as gallons of water or bags of groceries on bad days.

    - see clearly for short moments from dizzy spells on both good and bad days.

    - perform cognitive tasks, such as things involving simple and detailed verbal and or literary instructions on bad days and frequently on good days.

    - focus and concentrate, limiting my ability to read for more than a half hour to an hour on a good day, and no more than a few min. on a bad day.

    - maintain attention and concentrate for extended periods of time.

    - to understand and remember simple and detailed instructions, work procedures, and conversations on bad days and frequently on good days.

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