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Have you applied for or been denied social security or disability income?

If you are living with axial spondyloarthritis, you may be eligible for disability or social security. What has your experience been like applying for disability? Have you received denials? Who has helped you in navigating SSDI or denials?

  1. I receive SS disability for Sjogren's and RA, although the RA diagnosis has changed to nrAxSpA. I have been on it since 2013. I applied once and had to appeal. Luckily, i got a judge very familiar with autoimmune and he ruled for me.

    1. I have multiple diagnosis'; PsA, AS, MG, COPD, OSA, hypoglycemia, depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, IBS, and on.. I've been denied twice. I'm at the appeal stage and I can't say that I haven't felt like giving up. I don't because of family .

      1. Thanks so much for chiming in.
        Our thoughts are with you as you continue the process and the appeal. Please keep us updated. Warmly, Doreen (Team Member)

    2. I filed in 2009, and was denied three times. It seemed like I would lose. Then I found a Washington based company and they had the case for about 7 months. I thought well this will be a long long shot. Then boom out of nowhere it was settled. No additional hearings just done. I was amazed. I still am.

      1. What a pleasant surprise!
        So glad it finally worked out for you.
        ~Doreen (Team Member)

      2. That's truly fantastic news! Receiving disability benefits for a chronic illness can be a complex and challenging process for many individuals. It's heartwarming to hear that your journey toward acquiring disability benefits turned out to be successful without the need for additional hearings. Hoping all is well currently and you are getting on just fine. With warm regards, Rebecca (community moderator)

    3. I was denied the first times then I went with a representative firm. They filed all the paperwork and fought for me.

      1. I'm sorry to hear that you were initially denied disability benefits, but I'm glad to hear that you found a representative firm to help you with the process. Having professional assistance can make a significant difference when dealing with complex matters like disability claims. Wishing you days of less pain and fatigue. Warmly - Rebecca (community moderator)

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