I am 61 years old, and finally realize and accept that I won't be able to work any more, even part-time, mostly due to the Fibro exhaustion and meds interfering with my head, energy and memory. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I have no pension etc. Thank you in advance.
so sorry minda to hear how you are feeling.. i have 2 family members who are on disability and it took them a long time to get on it but if you get a lawyer your chances are so much better, it may take awhile but then it may not but i would grab a very good disability lawyer and go that route they will fight for your rights and prob get it for you much faster then if you filed yourself... hope i could be of help my friend.. God belss and good luck hun.. Mickey from chicago...
minda, I was not going to answer this, but feel I should. I was the first person ever to recieve disability on a diagnosis with fibromyalgia that got approved, BUT, & that is a big but, I had & have so many other conditions that played into it the fibromyalgia was listed in the decision like an after thought. It took over 2 years to get a decision, & had to go before a law judge as most people end up doing. You need to go & file a claim, actually you can do it over the phone with SS, & wait it out til they deny you the first time, & they will. They do everyone unless you are about to die from something. Anyway that's when you get an attorney. Most will tell you this if you call them. At your age it may be a bit easier because you are close to the retirement age anyway. If you have anything else wrong with you please list every little thing that would keep you from working.
You must also fill out a 20 page form that will ask you everything that you can & cannot do up to & including shopping, housework etc... Who do you have helping you etc... On & on it goes. I can't promise you anything with fibromyalgia. I got my decision back in 1990, but as I said, I have so many problems, & was on so many meds by that time the decision was based more on my ability to do the jobs I had done or was trained for which was dealing with the public on a continuous basis. The law judge decided with my meds etc... I couldn't talk to & or make decent decisions concerning banking. It's really a degrading situation, & they make you want to lie about everything just to get it, & get it over with. I wish you all the best, but you need to know the bad with the good. If you have any more questions I will friend you & you can ask me whatever you want. Things may have changed, but I have my doubts...
Minda you can file for dis and ssi on the internet they like to refuse everyone on first try. My advise call a lawyer they don't charge unless you win come out of the money you win fair prices get a lawyer and you'll get it no proob. And then you doont have to fill out all the paperwork yourself that's their job. Goood luck
Hi Minda - I wasn't going to respond to this because I didn't know if I could add anything to the great advice you've already received from other members. Hello family and great advice!! But as I was thinking about it I remembered that although I (like most people) had a really hard time getting my disability my mother-in-law did not. The MAJOR reason being that she had a doctor that knew exactly what to do and say to get her approved. She got hers on her first try. That is almost unheard of. I did have to hire an attorney and that is what eventually got me the benefits that I not only deserved but worked 25+ years for. Do you have a doctor that will is willing to put in writing that you are totally and permanantly disabled? This is VERY important. I was sent to their doctor for evaluation and he certified that I was disabled and they still denied me. I hope that you don't have to go through a long ordeal.
I do have some other suggestions if you need additional guidance. I would be glad to help in any way I can so let me know. I will add you as a friend so that you can send me a private question if you want. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Minda; I totally know the frustration & mental stress of finally coming to the conclusion that you cannot continue to work. It is alot to take in & throw the white flag in... I spoke to social security rep about 5 years ago about filing and she said that at that time I should not have a problem. I decided to wait another 5 years and filed in September of this year. One of the best advice that she gave me was to get a Lawyer BEFORE you file. As social security knows if you have a lawyer from the beginning you have a strong chance of winning. I am not sure if you are in the U.S. but if you are it is a Goverment rule that any lawyer that you pick the standard rate is 25% of any Backpay is what the lawyer will get When you win your case. And if you do not win then the Lawyer does not get any $$ from You. So the Lawyers will take all of your info and then they will decide if they think you will win.
If they think your case is not going to win they will deny taking you on as a client.
So the way Social security looks at it is the lawyer has already done part of there job. Plus a Lawyer is great help and they take care of all of the Red tape for YOU. I had to fill out ALOT of paperwork for Social Security at the beggining and for the lawyer but now the lawyer takes over. The lawyer takes care of getting all of your Dr.s records and does alot of the gathering of info. Like I said I filed in Sept. of this year and I just received notice that i will be going in front of a hearing before a judge in a few months.
I have to admit though that I have ALOT of other conditions also besides just Fibro. & it sounds like you do too. In fact most people with Fibro have alot of other medical problems. And it also helps that you are 61 as the SS rep & my lawyer said that the closer to retirement age the better your chances are.
That is one thing I have against me is that i am only 48. But things are still looking pretty good, wish me luck. So the main thing is be sure to get a good LAWYER before you file and make sure your Dr. is aware of it.
I wish you well and take care.
Hi Mindy .. I think I replied to your last private message, If not tell me..I cannot keep track of the messages anymore.
i just wanted to tell you that it looks like you are getting alot of support from the group & that is great.
I think in one of my messages I told you that I researched lawyers alot before deciding on the one i am using. But i am not sure I mentioned that I applied for SS in September of this year & I already received the notice that I will be receiving my hearing date soon so hopefully between my lawyer & myself we can explain in detail more than the stupid 20 pages worth of crap you have to initially filll out. It ask some really stupid questions instead of some important ones I want the Judge to hear about. Also I get to bring up to two people to testify in my behalf about how all my medical conditions affect me working/ not working. They can also state about how much having these mulitiple medical conditions have affected my LIFE & that I am NOT capable of working. so that will help also... Plus my the way I think about it is if I have to pay a lawyer 25% of my Backpay which shouldnt be much if it goes thru with the Judge that is not BAD. That is Money I would probably would not of had at ALL for Months or Years...
This post is for you & all the others that are ready to get Help... and NOT have to put what little mind that some of us have (ecspecially ME) through ALL the stress & Red tape .. miles & miles as YOU know. take care hope to talk to you again soon. Kathy
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