I applied for disability four times for severe back, neck, and problems walking. I went back to work which was so painfull until 2002. By then I had so many more medical conditions I went from dr. to dr. My ss annual report said I was eligble for 610.00 month. Well it took me 2 years to get diagnosed. I have fibro, back, neck that is to bad to operate on, a bone disease called madelung's bone deformity( this disease is so debilitating I can use my hands, arms sparinly. It is also in my feet and legs. Now I also have a myositis which in turn the dr's say maybe 6 months before I will never walk again.The list of my ailments gets longer every couple months. Contacted 3 lawyers and they all say the same thing. I am married and my husband has income coming in so I am not elligable for any type of disability. He is disabled and has dementia. Well lawyers say if I get a divorce I could collect 300 month. Ya like I can go without my medical. These law or rules are a joke.Well now ss says I need another 30+ credits, I had 30 so I am really out of luck!! I paid in for many years but I'll never see a dime, because I won't live long enough to .I take very few pain pills as I'm allergic to just about everything, even Vitimins, I'm never out of pain and I go to pain mangement. They can't manage my pain because any pain med that could get me out of pain I am allergic to them.
Welcome to the site first of all Redrobin55. (Love your name) When you applied for SSD was your husband on it then? Actually it should not matter, what I really want to know is were you reapplying from the start or were you turned down & appealing it? It can take up to 2 years to get SSD.Usually unless you are dieing it takes that long. You have to be patient. My son needs to be on it, but has not patience to wait it out, so he has to start over each time. It's a long grueling process I know because I've been there.My husband is on it too. Even if you don't have the credits you would qualify for SSI which pays about the same, & you would get Medicaid for your medical. If you have worked you are entitiled to some compensation if you are truly disabled, which it sounds like you are. Now the Medicaid can be held back because of your husbands income. Is this his only income SSD? It surely can't be that much. I know when I first applied I wasn't married, & stayed that way until I was approved just to get the benefiits! That is ridiculous, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I wish you the best, & am friending you so you can ask a private question if you so wish. Goodf luck & hang in there...
You have a lot of issues to deal with here as you explain. I don't know where to begin, but I will try and add my education into SSDI. My experience had been that I was working but prior to that, I had not worked in about two years which hurt my SSDI income, so the credits make a difference because they base this on your continued years of income.
The next issue I had was that I had to be diagnosed by a doctor for neuropathy of the legs. That took many a doctor and many a test. I eventually went on state disability while I was also being diagnosed from other doctors for pain issues. After one year, I applied to SSDI and I had a lawyer handle my case since it had been documented that I had Neuropathy and now diagnosed with Degenerative Joint/Disk disease but this medical information did not come out until three years of doctors and treatments that were not working. Surgeons were afraid to touch me. (they were not competent to make a sensible intelligent decision) so more doctors and more documentation. The more you have documentation the better for your case. Keep a list of the medications you have taken over the years, who it was prescribed by and for what condition. This will help. Get documentation from as many doctors, specialists and any procedures, tests, and surgeries or anything medical that has been done over the years before you see the SSDI doctor recommended by Medicare/Medical. If they deny your claim, ask to appeal the Medicare/Medical decision in front of a judge (not a commissioner) Show just cause and explain why you cannot work and that you need ASSISTANCE in your daily life and do not be shy about this. The more you tell, the more weighs in your favor. Emphasize that you need ASSISTANCE in you QUALITY OF LIFE. VERY IMPORTANT WORD... QUALITY OF LIFE! Use that phrase a lot! Your condition is deteriorating because of the QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE! (your mental status if fine, do not emphasize any mental status changes).
All this should help but the rest is a little out of my league. I hope this helps and good luck to you but please keep us informed.
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