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Subject: social security benefits
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: junebug-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 28 Jul 2002 22:55 PDT
Expires: 27 Aug 2002 22:55 PDT
Question ID: 46342
I was wondering if i can social security disability because i have
fibromyalgia and pernicios anemia and underactive thyroid gland.I am
in pain almost all the time. If you could help,i would be extremely
grateful.Thank you.
Subject: Re: social security benefits
Answered By: alanna-ga on 30 Jul 2002 10:09 PDT
Hi Junebug -

I am so sorry you are suffering from illnesses.  I can understand why
you want to apply for disability payments.

Expertlaw, in the comments sections, was on the right track, but I
think what you want to do is fill out the form that will permit Social
Security to start to determine your eligibility.  This form is found
at the following address:
B.E.S.T. - Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool 

One thing important to know is that there are two types of disability

The first is Social Security Disability Insurance which is offered to
people who have worked  for a certain period of time and have paid
social security taxes.

The second is Supplemental Security Income which is based on financial

See the web page (also given by expertlaw):
Social Security Online Disability Programs

You may also want to review what you information you need to apply for
disability payments. You can find them at:

How to Apply for Disability Payments

Search terms used: ssa disability eligibility

The first site mentioned brought me directly to the Social Security
Disability page, after which I clicked on "How to Apply."

These sites should start you on your way. The sites mentioned by
pinkfreud in the comments section should also be helpful to you.

I wish you the very best of luck.

Subject: Re: social security benefits
From: expertlaw-ga on 28 Jul 2002 23:08 PDT
Official document - How to apply for Social Security Disability
benefits -

Official tool - Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool -

Please be aware that the Social Security Administration has something
of a reputation for rejecting benefits claims the first time they are
made, but approving them on reapplication or appeal. It can be an
unpleasant application process. You may be able to get some advice or
information on the application process from a health care provider, or
from a legal aid office.
Subject: Re: social security benefits
From: pinkfreud-ga on 28 Jul 2002 23:44 PDT
These sites have many useful links specifically oriented toward
fibromyalgia patients who are applying for SSDI benefits:

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