Social Security

By Marilynr44 Latest Reply 2010-03-08 19:00:15 -0600
Started 2010-01-13 20:12:58 -0600

Hi I was just wondering if any one is on SSI for their diabetes. I am newly diagnosed and not working right now. My problems all started when my daughter got really ill three years ago. I let my weight get out of control then got sick myself. I also have migraines, vertigo and high blood pressure and hard to work right now. I applied but got turned down because they said those are not serious illnesses. I just wondered if any one else had any opinions. They said I could fight it but not sure if its worth it.

18 replies

SuzyAttendorn 2010-03-04 15:59:47 -0600 Report

I don't know the difference between SSI and SSD. I have fibromyalgia which caused me to have to stop working in Sept. of '07. I applied for SSD the following March. I was denied the first time, like most people are, even with a lawyer. I am scheduled for a hearing later this month, and am praying it goes thru this time. It has been a rough couple of years. Hope things go well for you.

Vicrgreen 2010-03-08 18:58:01 -0600 Report

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income and goes to people who are disabled, have less than $2000 in assets (not including their house and a car), and fail to meet the qualifications for SSD (enough quarters worked among others).

SSD is Social Security Disability. For SSD you must have accumulated a given number of quarters of work and be medically disabled.

They don't always turn it down on the first go around, both my late husband and I qualified on the first attempt. Others have taken multiple attempts and years of time and effort to succeed. Don't let them get you down and keep on trying. Eventually you will get there.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-01-14 23:15:10 -0600 Report

Best of luck, Marilyn! I am on Medicare and Plan 65, so have no problems with Drs and hospital bills,the meds are sucking us dry—-they come to more than our combined SS check each month! If my mom hadn't been thrifty and left me some money, we would be sunk! Hope that money lasts as long as we do—sure am trying!! Pat R

Iroquois 2010-01-14 22:04:16 -0600 Report

I went in and applied for SSI and Disability. I was denied SSI because I didn't have enough work credits but if I applied back in 2001 I would have but my knees weren't bothering me. I had one knee replacement and Type 2 Diabetes at that time and couldn't work. They told me they aren't telling me I am not diabled for my disability claim but since my husband has 1200 dollars coming in each month I don't qualify. I guess I should divorce him. But I just had my 2nd knee replacement and I am going to go file again. I don't feel I should be penilized because my husband brings in a income that we are lucky to have $60 left each month to live on. It is me that can't work or do anything nor will be able to as my Dr. told me I will never have full range of motion with my legs when healed. So why should I get a no on my husbands income and not MY disability? My husband is VA medical disabled. So I do not understand the system either but I would keep trying. I am going to do it and if I have to get a lawyer I will. Neither one of us can collect our SSI because since he is non-service connected disabled - the VA would take both of our SSI checks. Great, huh? Kathy

Armourer 2010-01-14 01:52:30 -0600 Report

For most people the wait for the SSI hearing is from 1 to 2 years. If you get approved your check will be based on your last W-2. Currently Obama has frozen a cost of living increase for the next two years. I got my SSI because of a stroke and deep depression, but my health insurance company paid for an attorney. I lucked out and got it the first time. 2 years later I was diagnosed with diabetes. I recently talked a friend out of SSI. My check pays the house payment. The rest is up to my wife who makes about 2/3 of my SSI check. There is five in the family and after other bills each family member gets only $75 dollars each a month for food. We just get by, with no room for extra expenses. No movies, no eating out, no fancy meals. I feel bad because my meds cost so much! To volunteer for anything is a drive of which we can't afford the gas. Sitting at home doing nothing is boring. I hate it! Good luck in your efforts!!!

Marilynr44 2010-01-14 13:20:06 -0600 Report

Once again Thank you to all of you that have responded, you are all so nice to offer advice that I am going to use!! I will try again with SSI and see what happens. I will get you all updated and thank you again

ptsparkle 2010-01-13 21:46:55 -0600 Report

I was denied the first time, took 6 months. Appealed, and 5 months later, denied again. Now have to appear before judge, which takes approx. 1 year in Az. National average is 2 years. I am now lawyered up, and look forward to the hearing.
What to do in the meantime is the problem if you can't work. Good luck, and keep us informed.

dyanne 2010-01-14 01:20:13 -0600 Report

dont give up thats what they are hoping u will do !! I tried once on my on denied… then with a lawyer and denied… well we went one more time and i got it so dont give up. it is not fun but u have to do what u have to do. you will then get a retro active check from the first day that u originally applied… so that is nice after all the waiting. God luck to u if u have anymore questions i will try to help.

alanbossman 2010-01-13 21:44:23 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to dc, I agree with Elrond and he is right they always deny the first application. Find a good ssi lawyer you dont pay any thing unless you win then the lawyer takes i think some thing like 20 % not quite sure of that, maybe someone here might know how much.

Elrond 2010-01-13 20:33:57 -0600 Report

Hang in there, Marilyn, they ALWAYS deny the first application. I was denied disability with my left side paralyzed from a stroke plus severe heart disease. I had to have a lawyer write a letter in order to get approved. (My left side finally improved and I show no sign of the stroke now.)

Marilynr44 2010-01-13 20:39:07 -0600 Report

Thank you I think I may try to fight it. I am glad your left side is improved and you show no signs of stroke, that is wonderful.

Anonymous 2010-01-13 20:18:11 -0600 Report

Hard to work but not impossible? Working even a little bit might actually be therapeutic. If you don't mind my asking, how old are you? And may I express good wishes for both you and your daughter.

Marilynr44 2010-01-13 20:22:01 -0600 Report

I am 44 and thank you for your concern about my daughter. She was 16 and got really ill and now she is 19 and still not better but working with doctors on that. She has a problem that her blood pressure bottoms out and she faints and can not be left alone so its tough.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-01-13 20:28:47 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. You should see if you can get on Medicade
which can help with Dr. bills as you are not working at the present time. Talk to a soc. sec. attorny and see what he thinks about fighting their dession. DAN

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