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I am wondering how good of a chance I have at qualifying for Disability benefits? I contacted SS and have a telephone appointment next week. Here’s the important background on me. I’m 32 and since I was 24 I was bedridden for several years, mainly house bound and dependant on my first husband. After a 3M internship working in a food product lab I woke up with the intenese pain in my back at 24. Before then I had worked in your average minimum wage jobs while I was a student and did most of my schooling online if the courses were offered online b/c at 19 I started getting pain in my buttocks and hips which made it hard to sit for more than 45min and I was diagnosed with hip bursitis. At 24 I was diagnosed with 2 herniated lumbar discs, Degenerative Disc Disease & Spinal Stenosis. Since than, my pain has been managed and cared for by pain management doctors. I was told I was not a good candidate for any of the standard surgeries that are covered by insurance and not “experimental.” I went on pain medications and various medications to help control muscles, nerve pain and the pain in my back. In 2006 I worked for my first husband from home in bed from my computer. I worked when I could. My first husband founded a 2 person internet company. He developed websites and I worked when I could from home in bed adding content to the websites. Because he was a friend / spouse he let me work when I could and how ever much I could. In 2007 I was formally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. In 2008 I stopped working F/T for my first husband and we divorced. I remarried and I mainly have been a dependant of my current husband. I got pregnant in Oct 2008 and had a hard pregnancy given I suffer from a chronic pain condition where I have many other health issues that effect how I’m feeling. I been formally diagnosed with TMJ and have a gastro condition that sin getting a colectomy I have to suffer with severe constipation and gastro pain. I carried the pregnancy to term with a lowered dose of medications and without some of the medications that would normally help someone in my condition. My son was born in July of 2009 and my efforts to care for him which only have gotten harder and caring for myself have been enough and I have not worked since except for a few freelance projects for my ex-husband – now and then when I’ve felt well enough. These have all been projects I’ve done laying in bed working on my computer from home. My pain management doctors have not increased my pain medication since the pregnancy b/c they recommended if I want to have a second child that it would be best if I got pregnant soon. We’ve since been TTC and are contiuing with that plan. I made changes and got appropriate education and have a business license to operate a home daycare. My home daycare is finished and yet the past 2M I’ve been in more pain than ever and do not plan on taking any children till my pain flare up subsides. Given this pain flare up is one of my worst and I’ve not left the house but literally a handful of times in the last 2M, I’ve contiplated the idea of disability. I applied one other time shortly after my divorce, but at the time I made too much income. That company and the income was short lived and a very unique work situation. Given now that it’s been 2yrs since I’ve worked and applied for disability, I was thinking I had a better case. I would like some thoughts, suggestions and help from people that have been down this road or have similar situations. Thanks!

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    Douglas B
    August 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    My only thought is is that you don’t have to be suffering like this at all, that the pains and problems could have and should have been taken care of for you by now. Those pains in your back are caused by pinched muscles and they can be released to get rid of the pain. Pinched muscles in the back often press into the nerves for other organs as they leave the spine to cause pain to happen there. When the muscles for the stomach are pressed on it causes the stomach to release more gastric acid to cause burning in your stomach and through your whole system. Getting the pressure off the nerves would have stopped that. The pain you felt in your buttocks was caused by the pinched muscles in your lower back pressing onto the nerves going to your buttocks to make them hurt. Your TMJ is from tight muscles in your jaw and they can be released to get rid of that pain. Anyway to get rid of the pains in your back and jaw you have to free up the muscles in those places and here’s how to do that:
    (do from a sitting position)
    Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
    Jaw muscles, TMJ:
    Put your fingers on your head so your thumbs are behind your ears. Press into the back of your jaw next to the skull and hold that pressure. After 30 seconds slowly raise your head until your neck is fully extended then open your mouth as far as you can. Release the pressure but hold your head and mouth like that for another 30 seconds. for both- for best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

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    wonderfully scarred
    August 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    It really doesn’t hurt to try. We have many patient’s in your situation that are on disability (or in a less dramatic situation). Give it a go and see. Good luck to you!

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    August 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    you are TTC yet you can’t work–that is do not have my sympathy..

    yeah–you’d probablty get approved..adn you will get dependent benfits

    but explain this…if you are able to care for a child–which is much more demanding than many jobs–why can’t you work

    disability (in the US) is for people WHO CAN”T work

    its one thing when a person becomes disabled after having a child..but to have a child while on disability or not able to work demonstartes poor judgement..

    yeah, it sucks if you want to be a parent, but are disabled..but thats life.

    beiing disabled often means you have to give up a lot of things you want…

    I am on SSDI, but even before i realized I was not well enough to have children of my own..i had planned on adopting a sibling group when i was healthier–but i know I can’t

    you are choosing to have and care for children–which indicates you could work..

    in the US–try getting help from vocational rehab to get training in a job you can do

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    August 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    If you are applying for government disability, you will have to have current tests done. You didn’t say how long ago you were 24. In a lot of cases, the case worker will have an independent doctor test you. Fibro doesn’t count as a chronic condition–feds don’t recognize it. However your back problems can but you will have to show current test proving that you still have these back issues then get an approved independent case doctor to approve the diagnosis.

    You will have to give up your daycare center though. The case worker catches you working on disability, especially running a business, you will be brought up on fraud charges.

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    August 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I assume you are talking about applying for Social Security disability benefits. There are two programs through Social Security – SSI and SSDI – or what most people think of when they think of Social Security disability benefits. If your husband works, then you will most likely make two much income as a couple to get SSI. For SSDI, you have to have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years. By your description, I’m not sure whether or not you meet that qualification. But applying shouldn’t hurt; the first thing they will do is look to see if you have enough work credits, so you’ll find out soon enough.

    If you do have enough credits, then they will determine if your disability qualifies under Social Security laws for benefits. The question is not whether or not you are “disabled”, as that could be defined a million ways, but rather whether or not you meet the requirements for disability as defined by Social Security. If you get to this point, it is a good idea to get an attorney. This is a long and complicated road, and an attorney is definitely worth it. Plus, most attorneys give free consultations and don’t charge unless you win. is a good resource.

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