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    I hope someone might be able to help, ANY info would be GREATLY apreciated!
    I have been unable to work since May of last year due to severe IC and Fibro syntoms. I have had IC for at least 5yrs and Fibro for about 9yrs. Well my Doc tried to put me on the temp. disability through the EDD but they said I did not have any wages for the time period they go by so my Doc said to go for SS dis. forever. I already have a placard and was told I would never be able to work. I was just about to go to the ss office when I received something in the mail. Are any of you familiar with the "Social Security Statement" we all receive at least once a year? It is white with black writing and has some green lines throughout? It basicly lets you know your benifits for when you retire, if you die, or are disabled. It also shows ALL the years you work and how much you made. I hope you know what I am talking about. Anyway, I was reading mine and under the area that says what your benifits are for disability mine read...To get benefits if you become disabled right now, you need 20 credits of work. You had to earn these credits in the last 10 years. YOUR record shows you do not have enough credits in the RIGHT time period.???!! I was stunned. I do have 20 credits, and then some, but just NOT in the time period they need, the last 10 years. Now let me explain something, I am 33 and started working at 16 in 1989. I then worked every year untill 1997. I had my first child of four and decided to stay home and raise them. I stayed home with my kids from 1997-2002. I keep on having a new one every year so I stayed home and raised them. I went back to part time work in 2003 and worked till the end of 2005. I was not able to work all of 2006 due to being ill. Now, is there anything I can do or say to change this "time period" crap being that all I did "wrong" is stay home to raise my children? Is the fact that I stayed home with kids going to keep me from receiving badly needed disablity money? My doc says I am completly disabled and need to go on ssi to help us financally (sorry I can't spell worth beans!) What can I do? Should I try to apply anyway or is it useless? I thought I read something about this a couple of months ago. I think some other poor soul found herself in simular circumstances and I am trying to find out what happend to her. PLEASE!!!!! SOMEONE HELP ME IF THEY KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL THAT MIGHT HELP ME. I am desprate!! My husband is a Pastor and does not make much and we have four kids under the age of 10, and I have not been able to work in almost a year!! We are barely making it and at times we don't and have to borrow alot from family and friends.... take about embarresing!! Sorry to be sooooo long, just wanted all my info out clearly so I can hopefully get help and advice!
    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH IN ADVANCE!! I hope everyone is doing as good as can be expected... I miss everyone, I have not been on site lately, been VERY sick and VERY depressed. please keep myself and family in prayer.. Thanks and God Bless, Cassandra
    dx Fibromyalgia April 2000
    dx Endo. Dec. 2003 had hystorectomy Feb. 2004
    dx IC May 2004
    dx Acid Reflex Nov. 2009
    dx Restless Leg Syndrom July 2010
    dx Degenerative Arthritis in my spine Oct. 2011
    lost my mind: A long time ago!! LOL

    Isaiah 41:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    Meds: Elmiron 100mg once daily, Gabapentin 3200mg daily for nerve pain, Trazadone 50mg, Morphine ER 30mgs 2 times a day for chronic pain , Norco 10/325mg 2 times a day for breakthrough pain, Simvastatin 20mg for high cholesterol, Omeprazole 40mg once a day for Acid reflux, Oxybutynin 5mg twice daily for bladder frequency and spasms, Pyridium as needed, and Zyrtec once daily for allergies
    Also a big hug and kiss from my husband Joe and my 4 kids-Jo-Jo, Jenae, Victoria, and Janelle everyday as needed, ( I take this "med" often )!!!!

  • #2
    I don't know about SS personally, but I went to the website, and I see that there are 2 programs. One is if you worked long enough then you are "Insured" and the other is for people who are "not insured", but can still qualify for benefits based on financial need and disability. Check out this website: http://www.ssa.gov/disability/ They have a Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool that will help you. Good Luck!
    ~Diane
    dx: Spastic Bladder, chronic hematuria (that went away?), kidney stone... possible IC

    Medical History:
    c-sections: 1988, 1991, 1997
    Viral Arthritis 1998 (Like RA, but went away!! )
    Pterygium & Dry Eyes since 2005
    Hysterectomy (Fibroids) 2006

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Me & Jerry ~ Sammy & Ryan
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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    • #3
      Thank you!

      Thank you so much Cardholic. That was so sweet of you to check things for me. I apreciate it! I will check the website. Thanks and God Bless, Cassandra
      dx Fibromyalgia April 2000
      dx Endo. Dec. 2003 had hystorectomy Feb. 2004
      dx IC May 2004
      dx Acid Reflex Nov. 2009
      dx Restless Leg Syndrom July 2010
      dx Degenerative Arthritis in my spine Oct. 2011
      lost my mind: A long time ago!! LOL

      Isaiah 41:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

      Meds: Elmiron 100mg once daily, Gabapentin 3200mg daily for nerve pain, Trazadone 50mg, Morphine ER 30mgs 2 times a day for chronic pain , Norco 10/325mg 2 times a day for breakthrough pain, Simvastatin 20mg for high cholesterol, Omeprazole 40mg once a day for Acid reflux, Oxybutynin 5mg twice daily for bladder frequency and spasms, Pyridium as needed, and Zyrtec once daily for allergies
      Also a big hug and kiss from my husband Joe and my 4 kids-Jo-Jo, Jenae, Victoria, and Janelle everyday as needed, ( I take this "med" often )!!!!

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      • #4
        Cass,
        PM me. I may have some info to help.

        Hugs,
        Barb
        (Babs passed away in April 2009. We honor her memory and remember her fondly. - Jill O. ICN President & Founder)

        [SIZE="1"]Proud mama of a gift named Lindsey who taught me through her autism what is important in life:angel:
        :angel: IC Angel Volunteer Coordinator :angel:
        :) Contact me via PM or e-mail if you would like to help
        I have learned all about life in 3 words: It goes on! :D--Robert Frost
        PCOS 7/85
        RSD 7/94 :headbang:
        Endometriosis 9/98 :toilet:
        Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome 9/99
        Kidney stones--too many to count
        Factor V Leiden mutation 10/02
        IC 6/03 :evilsmile
        Deep Venous Thrombosis and Cellulitis 12/05 :loco: DVT and Greenfield Placed 3/14/08
        "Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all of life"--Maya Angelou
        "Ohana means family--no one gets left behind or forgotten." Stitch[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]

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        • #5
          Barb RN

          Is there information that you can share on this subject? I am getting ready to apply and I am also in need of all the help I can get.
          Thank you very much.
          Started Vaginal Valium Suppositories April 2014
          Hysterectomy April 2003 (for abdominal pain),Diagnosed with IC August 2003
          Diagnosed with Pelvic Floor Disorder 2004,Had right ovary and fallopan tube removed 2005
          Diagnosed with diverticulosis 2006,Interstim December 2006,Home Instillations 2007-not effective
          Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia November 2007,Appendectomy February 2008,
          Interstim repair December 2008,Removal of the Interstim August 2011,
          6 Hydrodistentions from 2003-2009 Diagnosed with restless leg syndrome March 2014
          Diagnosed with Raynaud's Syndrome November 2013
          Ambien 5mg for sleep.
          Elivil 50 mg at bed
          Lisinopril 20mg in AM
          Effexor 225 mg
          Oxycodone 10 mgs 2 x a day for pain
          Baclofen 20mg 3x a day
          Phenazopyridine 200 mg as needed
          Omeprazole 20 mg at night
          Lyrica 450 mg daily
          Requip .50 mg at night
          Ketorolac 10 mg as needed for migraines

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          • #6
            I will try to put some info together from the things I learned trying to apply the first time. I had the opposite problem in some ways, I hadn't been out of work long enough to qualify. So I'll try to put some info into one little "packet"and post it on here. My Dad deals with Social Security and disablility with his job so I hopefully can get some info from his office. I would up going back to work full time after Chris dumped me because there was no possible way I could not have income coming in for a year to qualify. My job now is going well with huge growth potential and will give me the ablility to take care of my Boo and myself and provides great benefits. I know how scary facing not working to qualify but also having enough credits is overwhelming. Give me a day or so and I'll put it together. You guys can PM me too.

            Hugs,
            Barb
            (Babs passed away in April 2009. We honor her memory and remember her fondly. - Jill O. ICN President & Founder)

            [SIZE="1"]Proud mama of a gift named Lindsey who taught me through her autism what is important in life:angel:
            :angel: IC Angel Volunteer Coordinator :angel:
            :) Contact me via PM or e-mail if you would like to help
            I have learned all about life in 3 words: It goes on! :D--Robert Frost
            PCOS 7/85
            RSD 7/94 :headbang:
            Endometriosis 9/98 :toilet:
            Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome 9/99
            Kidney stones--too many to count
            Factor V Leiden mutation 10/02
            IC 6/03 :evilsmile
            Deep Venous Thrombosis and Cellulitis 12/05 :loco: DVT and Greenfield Placed 3/14/08
            "Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all of life"--Maya Angelou
            "Ohana means family--no one gets left behind or forgotten." Stitch[/SIZE][/SIZE][/SIZE]

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            • #7
              Barb RN

              Thank you very much, I really appreciate all the information that you can give me. I am not sure about the work credits, but I know that ihaven't been out of work since September minua one month. I can't keepnot making money, it is really putting a strain on my marriage. My husband has no sympathy for me, because it isn't a disease like MS or something. And he doesn't understand why I can stay home and hang around the house but can't go to a job sitting all day. He doesn't care that i am on the same medicine that they give cncer patients for pain........
              So any help you could give me would be greaty appreciated.
              Started Vaginal Valium Suppositories April 2014
              Hysterectomy April 2003 (for abdominal pain),Diagnosed with IC August 2003
              Diagnosed with Pelvic Floor Disorder 2004,Had right ovary and fallopan tube removed 2005
              Diagnosed with diverticulosis 2006,Interstim December 2006,Home Instillations 2007-not effective
              Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia November 2007,Appendectomy February 2008,
              Interstim repair December 2008,Removal of the Interstim August 2011,
              6 Hydrodistentions from 2003-2009 Diagnosed with restless leg syndrome March 2014
              Diagnosed with Raynaud's Syndrome November 2013
              Ambien 5mg for sleep.
              Elivil 50 mg at bed
              Lisinopril 20mg in AM
              Effexor 225 mg
              Oxycodone 10 mgs 2 x a day for pain
              Baclofen 20mg 3x a day
              Phenazopyridine 200 mg as needed
              Omeprazole 20 mg at night
              Lyrica 450 mg daily
              Requip .50 mg at night
              Ketorolac 10 mg as needed for migraines

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              • #8
                I'm in the same boat. I'm short 1 credit. We shouldn't be penalized for staying home to raise our children. My husband and I decided we would be financially strapped until our youngest was in school fulltime then I'd go to work pt--which I did. I worked for about 2 years then was layed off. While looking for another pt job I was hit with IC. I have been unable to work for 2 1/2 years and have been considering disablity. I've even sent off for a certified copy of my mariage license. I'm going to file for it and see what happens. Kids get more expensive, my medical bills are killing us, and the cost of living is too much -- we need a second income -- or more credit cards . There's got to be an exception for something somewhere--right? I know we're dealing with the gov't--good luck to all.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by **Angie** View Post
                  I'm in the same boat. I'm short 1 credit. We shouldn't be penalized for staying home to raise our children.
                  Same boat too. Was dx 3 months too late to qualify. My benefits ended dec 2005 by the time I was dx it was March 2006 by that time I no longer had the 20 credits in the last 10 years as I quit work in 2000 to stay home with the kids.

                  There is a clause that you can still use that allows a parent to stay home for up to 3 years with a young child. I was told about it here. Let me see if I can find it bump it up for you. I do believe though you will get a lower monthly check as they count in the 0 dollar earned during those none working years.
                  ~Laura

                  There can not be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

                  March 2006 IC tested positive

                  current treatments for IC:
                  Zoloft 100mg
                  Prelief
                  tramadol hcl 50mg (4-8 per day)
                  diphenhydramine (1 nightly)
                  elavil 25mg, Just started Nov 11

                  additional meds for pain if needed:
                  darvacet
                  loratab
                  percocet
                  tried Elmiron for over year and didn't see much of a change, gained weight

                  Also take Lisinolpril for high blood pressure

                  Other conditions:
                  IBS '93
                  depression '94
                  stomach ulcers '95
                  Mitral Valve Prolaspe Syndrome '01
                  Migraines since childhood
                  Chronic Fatique '03


                  It's not the number of years in your life that matter but rather the life in your years.

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                  • #10
                    here I found it and bumped it up for you.
                    I am the original poster: mlch
                    and it is titled: unemployeed when dx w/IC can I still get SSDI
                    HTH
                    BTW: I have finally completed my online application. I just haven't hit send yet. I keep looking at it wondering if I should change some wording here and there. So afraid if I say the wrong thing or forget to list something that I will be denied.
                    ~Laura

                    There can not be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

                    March 2006 IC tested positive

                    current treatments for IC:
                    Zoloft 100mg
                    Prelief
                    tramadol hcl 50mg (4-8 per day)
                    diphenhydramine (1 nightly)
                    elavil 25mg, Just started Nov 11

                    additional meds for pain if needed:
                    darvacet
                    loratab
                    percocet
                    tried Elmiron for over year and didn't see much of a change, gained weight

                    Also take Lisinolpril for high blood pressure

                    Other conditions:
                    IBS '93
                    depression '94
                    stomach ulcers '95
                    Mitral Valve Prolaspe Syndrome '01
                    Migraines since childhood
                    Chronic Fatique '03


                    It's not the number of years in your life that matter but rather the life in your years.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Laura
                      Any $$$ is better than nothing. I just need to cover meds/co-pays. $20 co-pays really add up.
                      I'll start filling out my paperwork too--send it off and see what happens.

                      angie

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                      • #12
                        Wow Kirstin, your post sounds just like what I am going through!! My husband is getting impatient with me as well for not being able to work. He says the same thing about being able to sit at home and pick up kids from school, ect. but why can't I get a desk job? It's like DUH, I am on meds cancer patients take, I can't get up most mornings due to pain, some days (a lot more than I would like), I stay on the couch in my P.J.s from the day before in a ball from the pain. Would we be able to do this all at a "desk job"? I am sure the boss will love me coming in late almost everyday just to fall asleep at the desk from drowseyness, take about 20 breaks to pee or to lay down in the breakroom to roll up in a ball w/ the heating pad whenever I need to, oh and I am sure coming to work w/out a shower and in my P.J.s will go over great as well. Ya know what I mean? Anyway, I have been off of work since May of last year and our marriage is getting strained as well from finances as well. I always feel like it is my fault for all the finances because I am not working, but I can't help it!!!!! Any help would be apreciated! The last post I read said that someone "bumped" some info for someone reg. not having enough credits but I don't see the info. Can anyone explain how I can find that post please? Thanks! I apreciate all the help you all are sending me and the others that need it! You are all Godsends! I just need to be able to find out where to get the info you all have on this subject. Thanks!
                        Take care and God Bless, Cassandra
                        P.S. I have not applyed yet cause I wanted to know if it is even possiable to get dis. without enough credits first. I was thinking that why not just go for it anyway instead of just waiting around? what do you think? The least they can do is say NO! I just wanted to be prepaired w/ this info... anyway, goodbye!
                        dx Fibromyalgia April 2000
                        dx Endo. Dec. 2003 had hystorectomy Feb. 2004
                        dx IC May 2004
                        dx Acid Reflex Nov. 2009
                        dx Restless Leg Syndrom July 2010
                        dx Degenerative Arthritis in my spine Oct. 2011
                        lost my mind: A long time ago!! LOL

                        Isaiah 41:31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

                        Meds: Elmiron 100mg once daily, Gabapentin 3200mg daily for nerve pain, Trazadone 50mg, Morphine ER 30mgs 2 times a day for chronic pain , Norco 10/325mg 2 times a day for breakthrough pain, Simvastatin 20mg for high cholesterol, Omeprazole 40mg once a day for Acid reflux, Oxybutynin 5mg twice daily for bladder frequency and spasms, Pyridium as needed, and Zyrtec once daily for allergies
                        Also a big hug and kiss from my husband Joe and my 4 kids-Jo-Jo, Jenae, Victoria, and Janelle everyday as needed, ( I take this "med" often )!!!!

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