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    Jennifer Brea's documentary: "Unrest" - on iTunes

    Hi all, I thought I’d post this since there appears to be some cross-over with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ME (aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS). “Unrest”, the long awaited and much anticipated documentary about ME by Jennifer Brea, ibeginning Tuesday, 10/10/17. It will be...
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    Shiatsu massage therapy

    I've been going to a Shiatsu masseuse for many years. He helps specifically to loosen up tightened muscles in my neck and shoulders (from stress), and not for any pain related to Fibro/CFS. He "goes easy on me" knowing about my health issues and how it can be aggravated. If you benefit from...
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    Dr say brain fog is just depression

    Terbaer posted some good advice on applying for SS disability in this forum in an earlier thread:
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    Dr say brain fog is just depression

    Early on when I was going to many specialists to help diagnose what was wrong with me, a neurologist thought my brain fog was due to depression. Fortunately, my regular Dr. was up on fibromyalgia/CFS and knew me better. Most everyone applying for SS disability (either SSI or SSDI) is going...
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    What made you smile today?

    :) Smile number one: Discovered a newly opened Indian restaurant. :) Smile number two: Their chick peas and chicken masala curries are to die for. Yummmm! Anyone else feel better after eating curry? Temporary and short-term boost in energy and reduced brain fog?
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    Decision on disability

    Woot woot!! Wishing you the best! :)
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    No doctor, no insurance, no meds, needing ssi

    I take it that you are still working? Did you earn an average of $1130/mo or more in 2016 ($1170 in 2017)? If yes, then by SSA's definition of disabled, you won't qualify for SS disability benefits. You might want to review this online booklet on "Disability Benefits", by the Social Security...
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    Holey Moley! I went to my tax guy this week and had him prepare my taxes. Don't assume all tax preparers know about filing options for the SS disability lumpsum back pay mentioned by BlueParadise above. My guy didn't know. Luckily I had a copy of the IRS webpage linked above and showed it to...
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    TipBill, I'm very happy that you received a favorable decision! Only one who has gone thru the SS disability application process knows how long, grueling, and tedious it can be. Congratulations on surviving it. Thank you also for sharing your SS journey with us all. I'm sure it was helpful...
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    Disability Scare Flare

    This sounds like good advice. Thanks, 1sweed! I know this won't help your situation now, but for those who might be reading this and are pursuing, or have been awarded SSDI, it's always a good idea to keep copies of anything you send to SSA. Also, I feel it's always wise to follow-up with a...
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    TED Talks - Jennifer Brea on ME/CFS

    For those of you who have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.), Ms. Brea's TED Talk is finally available for viewing on the TED Talk website. Since I can't post URLs, please point your browser to: Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease...
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    More disappointing news

    TipBill, I'm sorry that the SS disabilty application is taking time to process! Unfortunately, a 2-3 month wait for the judge's decision is typical from what I've read on a SSD forum. So don't despair. My gut feeling is that the Judge's decision is very very close at hand. I hope it is very...
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    Merry Christmas to all !

    Happy holiday season, one and all! :lol: Wishing everyone a wonderful day, with as little pain and stress as possible. Gotta get to bed, I think I hear reindeers on my roof! :grin:
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    What made you smile today?

    This is a wonderful thread! I've begun jotting down a list of things for which I am grateful and keep it close by. Reviewing the list now and then is very helpful to me. Here are a few recent smile-induced entries: - When I came home, my dog came running to greet me, jumped up, and gave me a...
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    Good or bad sign

    Hi gaiden, At what stage in the application process were you sent for the mental consultative exam (CE)? Was it before or after a hearing? Were you requested by SSA to go for a mental CE twice? Congratulations on your approval!