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How do I get approved for SSI? I was diagnosed with severe endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, and depression.

I am 29 years old,and I have not been able to work for 4 years, because of the pain. I had a hysterectomy over 2 years ago, and I am still in pain. In fact I have more medical problems, like Interstial Cystitis (IC), herpes, I have a problem being on my feet for long periods, I am on lots of medications-which most of them cause drowsiness; there are times that I have a hard time getting out of bed, because of the pain. I applied for SSI-atleast 3times and each time I was denied; now it is at the point that I meet with a judge, but that takes almost 2 years; I am not getting better, I am getting worse. Some attorneys don't want to waste their time helping me, because of my situation.

Unfortunately, SSI is not sensitive to Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain conditions, but they are s-l-o-w-l-y beginning to understand the devastating toll diseases like Endo and IC are taking on women. Your story seems to be on par with others attempting to file for SSI; it seems it takes an average of 3-4 times over the course of a couple of years before it is approved. They try to make so hard that you'll just go away, so don't give up! It looks like you are on course, since you're going before the judge now finally. You might be interested in the following:

"SSA Issues Ruling for Evaluating Interstitial Cystitis:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a new Social Security Ruling (SSR) that explains how the agency evaluates disability caused by interstitial cystitis or "IC." Published November 5, 2002, the ruling became effective immediately. It is titled SSR 02-2p, "Evaluation of Interstitial Cystitis." Applicants for disability benefits who have IC (and their advocates) should certainly review the ruling. SSR 02-2p alerts SSA decision-makers to the disabling potential of IC, a relatively rare disorder, and helps doctors of women and men with IC focus on the issues that concern SSA when providing medical documentation for disability claims. SR 02-2p calls IC, "a complex, chronic bladder disorder characterized by urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and pelvic pain. IC occurs most frequently in women (about 10 times more often than in men), and sometimes prior to age 18. IC may be associated with other disorders, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, endometriosis, and vulvodynia (vulvar/vaginal pain). IC also may be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus." Click to view the text of SSR 02-2p, or look in the Federal Register dated November 5, 2002, pages 67436-67439." Link: http://www.ssa.gov/op_home/rulings/di/01...

There is also a similar case file available at http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/circ...

Your best bet is to go armed with valid literature outlining the devastating effects of Endo, IC, etc. and it helps to have an atty. on your side who understands the SSI circus. Maybe the Endometriosis Research Center can help you (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/erc/pendin... There are a few cases where women with Endo have been able to get it, so hang in there and keep trying.

Good luck to you.
Get a good lawyer and plenty of documentaion. Depression may be your best bet as far as your primary cause of disability.
Sorry to hear of all your medical problems.I too suffer from IC,I was diagnosed 6 years ago.After getting all the information together I am finally receiving a full disability.It is alot of paperwork but well worth it.Also you can have a part time job and receive a disability as well.Take care and good luck to you!
Depression Diabetes Dry Eye Eating Disorders Endometriosis Epilepsy Estrogen Fibroids Fibromyalgia Fitness
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