Disability/social security - has anyone applied?
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I understand your frustration. I too had a job I loved. Even though it was a desk job (sedentary by defintion), I was missing so much work due to the IBS, and during work, I had to make so many unscheduled bathroom breaks in a days work (bathrooms were public at this job and that was difficult). You should have heard the excuses that I would give my clients sitting at my desk as to why I had to suddenly depart my desk, keeping them waiting for me to return. I was let go of my job as in fired two years ago. I have not worked since. I immediately applied for disability and was rejected two times by someone who never saw me. I then went to a disability lawyer and he took my case. It took a year, and yesterday, I finally had my day in court before a judge. I could tell the judge was really listening to me and my lawyer did a great job cross examing the doctor the court appointed to appear. The doctor didn't show but communicated his opinions about my condition via phone. He was an internal medicine and cardio doctor, and hadn't a clue, in my opinion, about IBS. Then when the judge asked me about my condition, he seemed to believe in me. The judge then asked the "vocational expert" about whether I could do substantial work, and surprisingly (maybe after hearing my testimony), he said no. My lawyer gave a closing statement, and the judge looked directly at me and said, "I find you very credible." In fact, he repeated it twice. I left with my lawyer saying he felt very positive about the outcome. (and he's in court 3 times a week).I tell you this, because even though I was told by many people (on IBS forums; well meaning friends; and even one of my doctors)that those who have IBS "never get approved for disability" , I was determined to try. As a quote from the popular movie, The King's Speech, I HAVE A VOICE! Disability is not for every IBS sufferer, but for those that have it so severe and symptoms cannot be managed regardless of medication, and find themselves unemployable (not your fault), it's at least worth a try. If you are in the U.S.A, you can google "applying for disability" on the internet. I went through an "advocate" who handled my first two applications. Although you can fill out the applications yourself through Social Security and submit them. You will need to have your doctors be very thorough in their medical records concerning your IBS as Social Security will want this information. I researched several lawyers who do nothing but disability cases,but most of them would not take my case unless I was rejected twice. That was okay, as by then I met that qualification having been turned down twice by Social Security. Disability lawyers (a good one) is worth it. They work on contigency and they know how to help you win your case.It may take time, but DON'T GIVE UP, especially if you feel that you cannot hold a job due to your IBS.
Hi I am new to this sight, I am looking for any info on getting disability for my ibs, I am sick of this thing! I have already lost so many jobs because of ibs, because I am unreliable! They seem to not care about what I have and only care about the fact that I can't be at work in the mornings because it gets so bad. I am missing work right now because of my ibs. I finally found a job I love and, I am frustrated and don't know what to do anymore it is so embarrassing to go to work with this thing.
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