By Goddess Latest Reply 2009-02-05 09:18:25 -0600
Started 2008-10-05 02:43:44 -0500

I got my disability on my Diabetes and mental health problems in 2002. Is anyone else on disability?

105 replies

dj7110 2008-12-30 11:07:11 -0600 Report

I have been on disability for a few yrs myself.. it all first started not from diabetis but from ptsd i suffered from an explosion I was in.. I suffered a bad falshback at work and was sent home.. than taken off work.. this only added to my depresion. I attempted suiccide, than following up on a back injury I had I found out about the DDD disease in my back with mutiple hurniated dicsc as well as the diabetis. It was a very long process for me.. turned down at first.. won my first hearing than reversed decision by the apeal office at soc sec.. than over another yr had another hereing and won that one also.. have been on dissability since.. best advice i have is never give up

fiestyprincess 2008-12-30 10:39:46 -0600 Report

I am currently trying to get disability, and was glad to see I am not the only one going thru this ordeal. It has been very hard and stressful. There are days that I just want to give up,but this site has made it worth continuing. Thank You All So Much

Anonymous 2008-12-30 12:06:09 -0600 Report

Are you using a lawyer to get yours. I had to get one after I was denied. It made the process less stressful because he did all the work. I just had to have forms signed, and get alot of xrays and mri resuts to him. I wish you luck. How long have you been trying?

BeckyJ 2008-12-13 07:19:25 -0600 Report

Got another rejection letter in the mail yesterday. I also received a letter from the law firm that has been helping me that advised me that it's time to get a hearing before the judge. I am in the process of getting all my "evidence" together and will set up a hearing. I am trying to stay positive and hopeful since this is just one more step. One good thing though was that when I was feeling a little down and not sure if I should try again to work a part time job (not advised by my doctor's) I got a call from my best friend from childhood. Haven't heard from her in 10 years and she called up out of the blue to tell me she was thinking of me and just knew she had to try and call me, she wasn't even sure the number she found in the phonebook was mine but felt she had to try and reach me. Crazy huh? God sure does work in mysterious ways.

Anonymous 2008-12-13 09:26:39 -0600 Report

That is great about your friend. I had to get an attorney. And since they do not get paid unless you win, trust me they will work hard for your money. Mine was great. i do not know where you live but 3 years ago they were introducing a new thing were it was all done on the computer. My lawyer had everything, all my evidence and x rays and doctor notes put on a cd and when we got in front of the judge, the judge popped it in his computer and we had one and it was all so very efficient. And the judge asked questions off of it and i could see what he was talkign about. I had hearing in February and got my back retro pay check in September. First monthly check in October. So Good luck to you.

BeckyJ 2008-12-13 20:00:26 -0600 Report

Thank you for the encouragement, will keep positive and pray for the best.

2catty 2008-12-18 16:26:23 -0600 Report

I went to the Dr. today and was diagnose with bi-polar 2. Which is mainly on the depressed side. I wonder with all of my medical conditions and having bi-polar if I am eligible for disability. I know financially it really would help.

Goddess 2008-12-18 17:10:18 -0600 Report

You have a good chance of getting it. But remember most people are denied the first time and have to get a lawyer. If I was you I would try.

Goddess 2008-12-11 12:34:16 -0600 Report

Is anyone else on disability?

rooster176 2008-12-12 14:55:54 -0600 Report

Yes i'm on it and have been for 15yrs. I got it because of a spinal cord injury.My disability was filed by the social worker at the hospital. I started getting my checks in 2 weeks

Goddess 2008-12-30 09:22:48 -0600 Report

I think you set a record. I never heard of anyone getting their checks 2 weeks after they file.

gorott 2008-12-10 09:34:22 -0600 Report

yes 3 years ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor which gives me a daily headache that renders me useless besides that the handfull of pills won't go over well with company policies.

Anita3kids 2008-12-06 20:18:58 -0600 Report

I am on SSD for failed back sugery & other health probs.

2catty 2008-12-07 11:25:50 -0600 Report

How do you apply for SSD?

Goddess 2008-12-07 11:32:02 -0600 Report

it should tell you at the site you posted. I'm on both SSI & SSD.

caragypsy 2008-12-07 13:28:57 -0600 Report

I too am on both SSD and SSI. SSD is disability and SSI is if it as so low because you didn't work a lot that your SSD is very low. This is what I was told. Cara

2catty 2008-12-07 16:06:01 -0600 Report

OH, SSI may be better then. I have mainly went to college and stayed home and taking care of my baby. I have so many health problems I think they would be hard to take care of or tolerate at work. Plus it seems I am always having to go to the Dr. or have a test. Unfortunately.

Anonymous 2008-12-07 16:14:44 -0600 Report

When I went to the hearing for my disability appeal with my lawyer, there was a career person there that was asked was there any jobs I could do with my disabilities like I had done before and she said no. Also my doctor had to fill out a form and one of the questions was during a typical month how many days of work would I miss because of disabilities and pain and doctor put 10 or more and those 2 sealed the deal for me, my attorney said. Been on now for over 3 years. plus got back 3 years of retro pay from the last time I was able to work. hope that answered some of your questions.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-08 13:21:36 -0600 Report

I have been on disability for at least 15yrs. have autoimmune disease affects all parts of your body,mitral valve problems, strokes, all the things you get after you get diabetes I got them first. Very grateful for it. I tried to go back to work 2yrs ago but the stress and the long hours was just too much and I had to quit.

2catty 2008-12-06 18:52:49 -0600 Report

Go to www.socialsecurity.gov they have a list of some of the qualifications to be able to get SSI. I am in the process myself. I doubt I get it but at least I am going to try. I have diabetes, neuropathy, severe headaches, and lymphedema and irregular heartbeat. But you can't hardly get SSI anymore. I do receive it however on my disabled son.

2008-12-06 15:31:26 -0600 Report

I suggest you go to, or contact, the nearest Department of Health and Human Resources Dept., which is a state agency. In your state it may go by another name, but at least you should go and see what they say. You could possibly be eligible for SSI. It's at least worth a try. I also get alot of free services from the local health department. It wouldn't hurt to check with these places. Best of luck!!

BeckyJ 2008-12-06 18:05:17 -0600 Report

Thank you

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-07 12:34:44 -0600 Report

this is a lot to plow through,guess i will try, when i don't have such a bad headache.

2008-12-12 16:37:38 -0600 Report

Yes, it is alot to plow thru, but the results can be great. It can be well worth the your trouble.

Anonymous 2008-12-12 17:02:47 -0600 Report

you can do the whole thing online and stop and come back later if you need too. But you need to have information about how many times you have gone to the hospital and what tests were performed and what specific tests your doctor has performed. You need to tell your doctro what you are applying for because they will call him or send him a letter. I had to get an attorney and the form my doctor filled out was what got me my disability.

BeckyJ 2008-12-06 10:55:07 -0600 Report

I have been trying since July to get SSI Disability, for now I am receiving state aid but have already been denied once on SSI and have had to file an appeal. Sometimes I get very angry since I am told by three different doctors that I am unable to work due to my Diabetes & Bi-polar issues. I am not even allowed to live alone. My brother has also applied for SSI for his back problems and has been evaluated by a psychiatrist as well as had a physical exam. I haven't even been scheduled for more that an initial interview. My psychiatrist tells me to be patient that many of her clients have had to appeal numerous times but I get very frustrated. My mother has been on SSI Disability since 2000 and was approved within 3 months. Yes her condition is more severe than mine but she was told that she could still work part time. I have been told that I can't work at all and that I am never to be alone. This really depresses me sometimes as I am only 30 years old and want to have a life of my own. MUST remain positive though. I am still alive and will eventually get control. I just hate having to get help from my family just to get by. Some of the many prescriptions that I take are not covered by the state medical card and if samples are not available I have to go out of pocket to pay for them. Also the card only covers 3 test strips a day and I test up to 10 times a day. Thankfully my parents and grandparents are helping. I am just praying for more options.

nancy meyers
nancy meyers 2008-12-06 11:39:38 -0600 Report

I have diabetes and bi-polar and depression. I am not on disability because I don't want to fight the powers that be…I am not working at this time but am still looking. I get help with my bi-polar from the manufacturers… almost every drug can be rec'd free, just google the name of the drug and ask who the manufacturer is…once u find out go to their website and investigate their free programs…It took me less than a month to recieve for free, my seroquel and depakote…good luck

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-05 21:19:30 -0600 Report

someone told me that i couldn't get disibility because i had not paid enough into social security. is that true?

caragypsy 2008-12-05 21:27:55 -0600 Report

No I had not paid very much into social security and I got it with very little problems. I think you just have have to have something on there list. (I am not real up on this. Is someone more up on this??) Cara

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-05 21:33:16 -0600 Report

please if anyone knows. what is on their list? i thank everyone for all the help i have been given.

Goddess 2008-12-06 10:37:02 -0600 Report

a detailed one. then you probably would have to have an eavaluation from a different physciatrist.

gsalem3633 2008-12-06 10:51:11 -0600 Report

Yes, this is true. They will not pay your bills or your Dr's. if you do nnot qualify. It has nothing to do with how much you have paid in, what matters is that you have worked long enough (enough quarters). Once you have worked enough quarters to qualify, the amount you pay in doesn't matter. Where the amount you have paid in matters is once you are declared disabled, how much they will pay out to you in a monthly stipend.

highlandcitygirl 2008-12-06 11:01:27 -0600 Report

i know that i have not enough quarters, so i guess i am out of luck. oh i forgot my doctor tells me every time i ask him ,why about something, he always says its just my bad luck! go figure!

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2008-12-09 23:42:19 -0600 Report

I was on SSI which is for those who didn't work. I have never been able to work. When my husband got on Social disability for his heart. They took away my money. Now we are left to try and live with so little money. It is very hard on those who could not work. It is like they want to punish for not working.

caragypsy 2008-12-05 21:18:49 -0600 Report

I have been on Disability for 12 years. 1st it was for minor brain damage and mentel problems. And then I got a whole lot of other things wroge with me. so many they don't renew me at all. Cara

2008-12-05 20:45:29 -0600 Report

I, too, am on disability. I received disability because of severe arthritis in both knees, and because of a neurological problem (seizures). Meds take care of the neuro problem, and I am working on taking care of the arthritis.

Goddess 2008-12-18 14:29:59 -0600 Report

how long have you been on it?

2008-12-30 11:23:05 -0600 Report

I received disability in 2006. It went thru the first time around. I have several medical problems, so I think that is why I was able to get disability so quickly. However, I didn't get my insurance started until Sept. of 08. I had my disability checks for two yrs before my insurance started. Until then everything was out of pocket. The government in their profound wisdom makes you wait for two yrs. after your disibility checks start to start your Medicare. Why? I don't know. Sorry it took so long for me to reply. I've had alot on my plate the past few weeks.

Anonymous 2008-12-30 12:03:06 -0600 Report

Actually, if you have retro back pay like I did, your medicare will start right away. I got to go back 3 years from when I could no longer work.

2009-01-01 15:04:00 -0600 Report

My medicare disability checks started right away, it was my insurance that didn't. There was no way around it, believe I tried. Anyway, I have the insurance now, so I'm happy.

ShugaShuga 2008-11-14 22:32:37 -0600 Report

I have not applied my Dr. say i don't qualify,"but" no one will hire me. My special need son don't qualify either they say he can get in school. Speech,OT,maybe I should apply !!

MISS PAM 2008-11-17 20:59:50 -0600 Report

Just apply. Don't just except a no. I didn't apply at first because I heard so many horror stories, but I got worse and worse and then did it . My brother didn't get approved right away but he got a lawyer and kept trying until finally approved. He also has a daughter with special needs that is on too. She attends special classes at school 11 years old. Please hang in there and don't give up!

Take Care,
Miss Pam

caspersmama 2008-11-14 10:54:43 -0600 Report

For all of us on Disability(Social Security) we are getting a raise in Jan 2009 with no increase in preminum for Medicare. That is great.

2008-12-14 14:05:09 -0600 Report

This is a great help and blessing. Finances are tight enough as it is, but even more so in recent days with all the things happening on Wall St., the banks, and all the businesses laying off and going under.

Anonymous 2008-12-14 14:15:18 -0600 Report

I got my letter this week and I will be getting a raise of 63 dollars. that pays my cell phone bill. LOL

patti 2008-11-14 10:23:15 -0600 Report

I have been told that I qualify, but I still prefer to work. I only work part time nights due to being primary caretaker of a disabled veteran. I owned my own business up till 3 years ago when his health declined.

MISS PAM 2008-11-14 00:03:00 -0600 Report

I've been on total disability since 2007. I applied Jam 2007 and was approved April the same year. I heard the horror stories and didn't apply until I nearly died Dec 2006. I have sarcoidosis a chronic auto immune disease whic affects my lungs, joints, skin and eyes.

sexyswamprat 2008-11-13 21:21:43 -0600 Report

I didn't know You could get disability for diabetes. What are the requirements for that?

Goddess 2008-11-13 22:29:44 -0600 Report

It depends on how bad it has effected you and other parts of your body.

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