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fibromyagia and social security disability
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Taffythepit - November 20

Has anyone ever heard of anyone winning a disabilty case? I have worked full time with fibro now for 25 years, every day was a struggle. I came home exhausted and in pain, and got up and did it again. I lost my job yesterday, my job has been eliminated after 17 years. I am 58 and worked as data entry, general office. Finding a job at 58 will be impossible with fibro....all the jobs out there are high stress, multi tasking, demanding jobs. Even in the office level work has become more demanding physically and emotionally. Even if I found a job, I would probably lose it. I only have 7 yrs till retirement, and without a job I cannot survive. Please anyone had, or heard of anyone who was approved for disablity? I dont know where to start, the unemployment line or disablity. I am also a widow, who lost her only income.


kvc33 - November 20

I would talk to your employer and see if you can be relieved of your duties based on your disability rather than just let go. If your employer will back you up or has some sort of disability benefits for employees that may be a good place to start. I do hope that you have documented your health issues over the years and made your employer aware before now that you have fibromyalgia. It is never a good idea to just suck it up and not say anything until you are at the point where you can't work anymore. People on this site have recommended Allsup for handling disability claims.


Fantod - November 21

Taffythepit - Welcome to the board.

I have had Fibromyalgia for a little over three years. I was approved for Social Security Disability last fall. You will not be approved for SSD for Fibromyalgia (FMS) but rather underlying conditions such as depression, IBS, panic attacks etc. All of your medical records will have to reflect that you have significant health issues.

I would recommend that you talk to a company called Allsup. You can find them online (we can not post links). They have a 98% success rate in winning SSD cases. They also get approval in 6 months or less which is a record. I have no ties to them other than as a happy client. They do all of the work for you. Allsup fills out all of the paperwork. Their fee is 25% of your back pay which is standard whether you use them or an attorney. If they lose, they take nothing and help you appeal. Register online and they will call you to set up an interview time. I found everyone that I dealt with very kind and helpful.

If you go with an attorney, it could take years. And you will have to go to court and appear in front of a disinterested judge. And attempting to do it yourself is a surefire way to lose.

My case was approved in 6 months and I know other people who have had the same experience.

Good luck to you and take care.


jag1094 - November 21

I have had fibro for 14 yrs. I receive disability but they would not base on fibro along they used other health problems to help them decide.. I also cant take alot of meds due to kidney and liver problem (meds cause this problems) it took a yr for me to recieve ss disability


SylviaLynn - November 21

I'm on disability due to depression. It took about a year after I applied. You can apply online at the official SS site. Be sure you use their guidelines so you use their buzzwords. It's not too hard.

Almost everyone is denied the first time. I retained an attorney after the first denial because I knew I couldn't deal with the rest. It took a year after I applied, but I was approved. Attorneys can't charge any more than 25% of back benefits by law.


Fantod - November 22

With Allsup you are usually approved the first time that you apply. I would not attempt to do this on your own. Take care.


fibrofog - December 6

I got a letter in the mail today. The decision was FULLY FAVORABLE! I applied in March of this year. I was diagnosed in 2006 and worked until I just couldn't do it any more. This August, I had to go for independent exams with a MD and a Psychiatrist. It was based on the exams and the supporting medical evidence plus my wonderful Doctor's support that made this possible. I'm still rather speechless, but grateful.


Taffythepit - December 7

I am thrilled that you were approved.
I am also delighted to hear all went well. This is the kind of boost I was looking for....I am in the early stage of filing with Alsup.

Thanks for the words of encouragement....I worked until I couln't do it anymore...They let me go because I didn't do enough work...made mistakes and didn't have a bachelors degree...I think they did me a favor. I worked for a bully boss who set me up to fail my sabatoging my work, or not giving me all the information I needed so it looked like I was incompedent...God bless the person who is hired to replace me....sooner or later the company will figure out that noone can work with that moron.


isitfibro - December 8

After seeing several different doctors over the past 2 years I finally have one doctor going over my complete history to determine if I in fact have fibro. As I type this, I am lying down because of stabbing pains in my ribcage. When I went to the Dr. last week because of the pain I had no idea that it was another symptom of fibro. I have a very physically demanding part-time job and I'm wondering if disability income is worth applying for. How is the amount you receive determined?


Fantod - December 8

The amount is determined by the number of years worked and the amount. Periocically, the Social Security Administration sends out a statement that shows your work history and also includes information about what you would be entitled to if you became disabled. This information is also available online.

You will not qualify for SSD on Fibromyalgia (FMS) alone. There have to be underlying conditions such as depression, anxiety, IBS and other issues that would make it impossible to work. Take care.



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