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Sep 14, 2017 12:27 PM

How many of you are on disability and how did you win your case? I'm 43 with degenerative disc disease, small fiber neuropathy, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and severe nerve damage in my legs. I haven't worked in 4 years. I have my hearing scheduled next month and I'm scared to death because "I look normal". Help please!!!!

Sep 14, 2017 9:45 PM

I am on disability! I had a lot of documentation from my doctors as well as my counsellors! I also had my husband For moral support! I also spent a lot of time in prayer! 😊🙏🏻. I hope this helps you! 😊

Sep 14, 2017 11:56 PM

Anytime! Please feel free to message me!

Sep 15, 2017 10:23 AM

I wish I could help, I am 27 and can barely manage a part time schedule. My husband and I are gonna try to do everything we can so I don't have to go the dissability route. But I wish you all the luck in the world! 💗

Sep 16, 2017 9:09 PM

I'm on disability, it took me two years. You have to be sure you see a doctor regularly. The court will want current medical records. I have a ton of health problems. However they would only approvr it based on my bad lungs. They didn't take in account that I had fibromyalgia, herniated discs, chronic fatigue. My judge was awful but you might get a more understanding judge

Sep 17, 2017 5:51 AM

I have had to apply for an Upper Tribunal. The Lower Tribunal was horrible! Because I had hobbies I was told I wasn't disabled!!! They underestimated my disability. I had evidence from my doctors and a specialist. So don't worry if you don't pass the Lower Tier Tribunal because there is always the Upper Tribunal. They will try and interrogate you so try not to get nervous. I do hope you get a nice judge and doctor. I will pray for you. X

Sep 17, 2017 12:40 PM

I have just had my court date for disability approval,. It's been a 3 year process, working with a legal team.. the clencher for my judge was trying to find employment missing 4 or more days a month with illness. That was my pattern before I retired. In US if you are over 55 your are considered too old to train for new job that could accommodate your disabilities. That was good to know. I am waiting for the official letter from DSSI people (a 2 to 4 month wait).

Sep 17, 2017 12:42 PM

I just saw you are from the United States and not the United Kingdom! Anyway I will pray that you are successful!

Sep 17, 2017 12:46 PM

Thank you Becca281!

Sep 17, 2017 1:45 PM

No problem! Being 55 is not old to start training again we should all strive to always keep learning! I have known people in their 50s and beyond going to College and even doing University degrees! We should all strive to do better even if its just reading on a new subject even if its just personal interest!

Sep 18, 2017 7:57 AM

Good luck. I’m 44 and after nine months, just got initial denial. I have started appeals process and am looking for good attorney. SS told me it could be another 18-24 months before approval. It’s a really sh*tty and stressful process. Good luck.

Sep 18, 2017 2:42 PM

Thank you so much for all the responses and prayers. I am no where near 55 so that a not going to be a factor for me. @LAT I'm 43 and have already been denied twice. This is my final appeal hearing. I have a disability attorney that only gets paid if I win so I'm praying because they actually took my case that I have a good chance. I have seen a doctor (or multiple doctors) every month for the last 2 years. I have letters from all of my doctors stating permanently disabled so I'm praying those will help. I'm honestly exhausted and stressed to the gills from this process. It's been over 2 years. Thank you and I'm praying for you too.

Sep 18, 2017 2:59 PM

What has helped me with the stress of Disability Appeals and Tribunals is by doing EFT tapping on Youtube with David Childerley & Brad Yates. They have loads of tapping videos for you to choose from so give that a try. Its great for stress. I will pray that everything works out well for you. :)

Sep 18, 2017 6:36 PM

Becca281 what is a tapping video?

Sep 18, 2017 6:56 PM

Hi there, its called EFT(Emotional Freedom Therapy) you tap on various points on your body and it helps shift old thought patterns go onto YouTube and look for Brad Yates EFT there are plenty of videos. Google EFT and there is tons of info which should explain the process it has helped my mindset in being a lot more positive.

Sep 20, 2017 12:55 AM

I am 23 years old and have filed for disability every year since 2012. I finally decided this year to higher a lawyer. I have scoliosis, sciatica, osteoarthritis, spinal spondylosis, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and chronic migraines. I've been denied every single time. My lawyer told me they will reapply for me. If I get turned down again, probably will, I will have to go to court which could take up to 17 months to get a court date.
The best thing you can do is have as many letters from as many doctors, therapists, and counselors as possible

Sep 27, 2017 4:59 PM

Do I need to quit My FT job before trying to get my ssdi

Oct 29, 2017 7:44 PM

Yes because they might say you're not disabled

Oct 29, 2017 8:28 PM

I just got my first denial for disability. I had an appointment scheduled with the disability doctors, and about a week or so before the appointment, the disability office called me and said the appointment wasn’t needed because the notes from my doctors were very thorough...so I was very surprised and confused, but also hopeful at the same time. I thought surely that was a good sign that they had enough information to go ahead with my case without being seen by any more doctors, but unfortunately the next week or so later I got a denial letter in the mail. My ss representative and I were both shocked, we both thought that I was going to get it. But I am only 42 and that’s the biggest problem I have to deal with because although they can’t really discriminate against me because of my age, everyone knows they pretty much do. So I completely understand the stress that goes along with this whole process. Praying that everyone who is trying to get it and truly needs it will be approved soon!

Oct 29, 2017 8:31 PM

Yes prayers going up

Oct 30, 2017 6:41 PM

In the United States the best chance is if you are at least 49.5 years old without a high level of education. The system is really broken.

Oct 30, 2017 7:33 PM

If you can work at all, you are not considered disabled. I talked to the social security guy and asked what if I got a job and only worked a couple hours a month to pay bills. He said if you decide to work any hours, ss will question why you are not working more hours and not consider you disabled. Hang in there. You’re not alone.

Nov 03, 2017 10:02 AM

I have been fighting for 7 years haven’t worked since 2012 crappy lazy sea and lawyers get you no where in my situation

Nov 09, 2017 5:53 PM

This is my first remark & post on this forum & I want to share with all of you that are fighting, struggling to scrape by, clawing your way through the horrific pain & total confusion of a broken process, that we are all in this together no matter how isolating & depressing reality is.
With that being said, if you have not already completed a "Physical Functional Capacities Evaluation (FCE)" to prove your true abilities or lack of, this "objective" evidence could be the major item needed to win your case. The 1st one I had done was over two days at 4 each as my MD & physical therapist knew I could not complete all of the testing in one day & they needed all areas to be tested.
Seven days before my 3 years anniversary, my long term disability from my employer was without warning abruptly stopped leaving me to again prove that I cannot work an 8hrs, 5 days a week sedentary job as my medical records from my team of specialists are too "subjective".
Consider completing a FCE & keep in mind they will be monitoring & videoing U the entire time including breaks, lunch, arrival & departure in addition to providing feedback the day after the test. I cannot stress enough that this is thee most vital objective physical disability evidence you can provide to win your case!
Prayers being sent up for all of
you & hopefully I don't have to tag each if you for you to receive my message....

Nov 11, 2017 5:23 PM

I'm on disability. I filed myself at a Social Security office. I was approved and first check within 3 months.

Binder & Binder didn't even want my case.

I flooded them with paperwork. I dragged in a 2 drawer file cabinet (not a deep on like in offices) and gave it all to them. I had every: doctor nurse therapist counselor from birth to date. Every persciption (old and current) and over the counter items listed (again old and current) Every type of therapy (including mental) I have gone through. And tons of blood work and scans.

The disability paperwork is 2 pages. I copied there formats on Microsoft Word. I submitted 41 types pages to them. That was just the application!!

Good luck! Praying for you.

Nov 17, 2017 2:29 PM

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Nov 17, 2017 2:30 PM

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Jan 04, 2018 7:10 PM

I haven’t been able to work since early 2014. I’ve been through the entire disability process start to finish and was consistently denied every time. No lawyer will take my case because they don’t think I can win. I’m now working on keeping a pain and symptom journal to see if that will help the next time around.

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