Applying for SSDI

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Hi All,

I live in the US and am going to apply for SSDI. I know the routine is that we usually get rejected the first time, but I'm going to fill out the application to get started.

One of the questions is "date your medical condition started to affect your ability to work". Unlike some who started out with an infection, my fatigue came on gradually and has gotten progressively worse over years. I actually went back to school to find a desk job that would be more tolerable and then worked part-time and then couldn't work at all. I finally got diagnosed last year, haven't worked in a year and a half. I wonder if I should put when I quit my high intensity job in 2013? or when I quit my part time gig.

Anybody else have experience with applying for disability?


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    I am in England but had the struggle of getting disability benefits and i can only advise to not give away too much info, just tell them what they need. In terms of the question you mention my advise would be to say when you first had problems working with your illness. If your applications are anything like ours then when faced with answering yes, no, or sometimes, i put no then explained why in a face to face assessment. Not sure how they work over there though.

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    I live in the US and yes, it is very common to be turned down the first time. Your history is similar to mine. I've been turned down several times and here's what I think I understand about the question you're referring to (date that your condition started to affect your work) . My understanding is that when they say "ability to work" they mean that part-time or full-time... it doesn't really matter. You can work part-time and still squeak by with a meager wage and make a living. S****y as it may be. So if your condition didn't stop you from working part time and making enough money to eat and have shelter (even if you're on food stamps) than you were still capable of working.

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      Good luck with you application, it wasnt a nice experience for me but i knew i had to have it. Look up websites or youtube videos for advice, we have a local charity in my town that helps people fill in those forms as you have to fill them in a certain way.

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    hi GreySeal, typically, SSDI will begin at the first DOCTOR'S DIAGNOSIS!

    at least that's my experience.

    and yes. They will make you want to pull out your hair and roll over and die before they award it to you! they do that for a reason. they're hoping you'll get tired and frustrated and just quit!! DON'T!!! if you're legit, eventually you WILL get it....and it has to be prorated back to when you applied!

    it took my friend THREE YEARS to get it(I Know😱)... but she got thousands of dollars when it was done!

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      Hi Lynda62707,

      Thanks for the advice. I'm glad your friend finally got it. I will try and not give up, after all, what else am I going to do? I had to fight for state short-term disability (denied at first) but when I went before a judge he granted my appeal.

      I wish that there was a cure, or at least some objective marker that could be shown to demonstrate the diagnosis. I've heard of some things. Still in the learning phase.

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