Patient discussion about disability

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Q. Is it true that fibromyalgia is a disability?

I haven't worked long enough to draw my regular social security, the fibromyalgia i have had since 1996 keeps me from working, so why can't i get ssi and some health insurance please help me.
A1Fibromyalgia is a relatively new term in the medical world, which primarily is defined by muscle and tissue pain and the etiology, or reason is unknown. Also, sufferers react to pain with a light touch often. Other symptoms include stiff joints and insomnia.

Fibromyalgia is considered a symptom, as this is when a set of symptoms occur together without known cause. A disability, however, is a physical defect or illness that is clearly defined.

Fibromyalgia shares symptoms of those who have a high degree of stress and/or anxiety, so this has been suggested as the cause as well. These links that follow might help more:

About.com: Fibromyalgia - News, information, and support for sufferers of fibromyalgia.
Arthritis Insight-Fibromyalgia - Definition, the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed and treated.
Autonomic (Sympathetic) Nervous System Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia - Fibromyalgia symptoms can be explained by autonomic (sympathetic) nervous system dysfunction
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A2Yes. Fibro is a disability. I was approved for disability on my first application. Started to receive disability payments last February. Next month I am elegible for medicare for my disability. When I first was notified of approval of my application they told me my case would be reviewed in five years. I am considered completely disabled. I worked for 31 years as a registered nurse before fibro essentially took my life away. I also have several other medical problems. All of my medical ills are well documented. I went to the social security web site and followed their directions to the letter. I did not apply by web but made an appointment and took all my records with me. This included all my work records as well. Don't take shortcuts. Do exactly as they tell you too. Do not apply until you have everything you need. It takes some time to collect all the records, but it has to be done. Good luck.
A3If you have worked amnd SS decides you are Disabled after you apply you get Social Security Disability Insurance but what if you are a homemaker or have been disabled your whole life then you can get Social Security Insurance which is SSI ,SSI is generally less money ,even if you are hurt and not sure if you will need it you should apply so if you dont get better you get back pay to the day you first applied for SSDI or SSI ,I have RSD it's like my limbs and lower back are on fire like when the nerves return after a third degree burn but "Totally Disabling?)only you know that i can get on the computer for a little while and take a shower etc . It is wrong to sat Social Security assigns you a LAWYER ,I can swear to the Good Lord they do not .
Workmans Comp may get you a Lawyer to settle cheap ,Think about itg if I ran you over an d said I will pay for your lawyer ,is that the lawyer you want ?
I checked these out on the Social Security Page and I hop[e you do .
Lawyer

Q. What kind of job would suit a person with a disability like arthritis?

My Dad is settled in USA, and he suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can anyone suggest me a job which he can take up, which he can do, without too much of physical work? He is well educated and was a teacher in India, but he is waiting for his certificates to get to USA, to apply for teaching positions.
A1Assuming you don't consider teaching in a classroom too much physical work, he should probably wait for his teaching certificates to clear and then work as a teacher. I meas, why do you feel he should change his career?
A2My father work as a quality supervisor for microchip industry. And it’s fine for me! But it really depends on where does your father’s arthritis is located.
This might help:
http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/LivingwithArthritis/Youngpeople/Findingajob
A3he could tutor students. How's his English? He can proofread. Many colleges teach classes in Hinduism and other religions and cultural things that originated in India, also languages, Hindi and even Sanskrit. Good luck to you both.

Q. Could ADHD be the reason my nine year old can not read or tell the difference between 16 and 60?

My nine year old can not read or remember how to spell little words like as and on. She also has major problems with complicated sorting that other child younger then her can do. The school says it is because she is not on medication for her ADHD. She has a younger sister who has ADHD and is not on medication and she is doing well in school. Can ADHD cause all her problems or is there something else going on.
A1I have a 13-year-old child who has ADHD along with learning disabilities including an auditory processing disorder and a working memory disorder (diagnosed in 2nd grade). Not sure if the attention symptoms are because of the learning disabilities, etc. LD goes hand in hand with ADHD and vice verse. A very high percentage of people who have ADHD also have something else going on such as learning disabilities, oppositional defiance disorder, bipolar disorder, etc. My child is 13 now and has always exhibited signs of ADHD, LD and ODD. You should have your child tested at the school level for learning disabilities. Write a letter requesting testing for learning disabilities and give it to your school's principal. The school then has I believe 30 days to respond with testing.This will let you know if your child also has a learning disability going on with the ADHD. It also gives you the option of allowing your child to receive Special Education services in a resource class.
A2ADHD is a condition where a child or adult can not stay focused on something (and is really hyper sometimes) it has nothing to do with a child's ability to remember or tell the difference between two numbers. Although i think i have ADD the conditions are similar except for the hyper part. but like everybody else i suggest having the district physiologist at a look at her.
A3If you wouldn’t specify the 16-60 problem I would say that it might be the ADHD that stops her from acquiring education. But not defining between 16 and 60 is classic dyslexia. It’s easy to point to ADHD for learning disabilities but a trained specialist can diagnose it and recommend what to do next.
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