If the homemaker has never worked outside the home and doesn't have enough work credits from prior years, she is not eligible to receive SSDI.
I think she would be eligible to receive SSI if the SSA determines that she is disabled, and if the household income is under a certain amount. I think SSI info is available at www.ssa.gov also. Hope this helps,
Hands still numb (peripheral neuropathy) and feet still numb. I can usually walk thru the house without my cane, but after 3 falls, my son got the cane for me to use. So I use it all the time when I'm outdoors since there is nothing to grab onto out there. In the house I can catch myself if I start to fall at a wall or counter. I think my balance has gotten somewhat better since reducing the dose of gabapentin. My new doc at the free clinic doesn't believe that increasing it for pain back around August brought on the neuropathy and balance issues, but I'm starting to think I have been poisoned or something by being on so many meds. My old doc who I had to see once again for SSDI paperwork to be completed agrees with me that the increased dose could have caused this. The bad part is that the numbness is still as bad even after reducing the dose for the past month or so. The fibro pain is a bit more with the lower dose, but I'm thinking about going totally off the gabapentin. I have had diabetic neuropathy years ago which was very painful in my feet but there was no numbness.
About how family treats us, I get really frustrated sometimes because one of my sisters doesn't seem to understand how hard life has gotten with fibro and other illnesses. She asks me the same questions over and over again like someday I'll tell her I'm back to normal or something. Grrrr lol I try not to complain to her about it so much anymore, because she truly doesn't get it. It's like she doesn't hear me. She is a "fixer," and I get tired of feeling like a project.
I had a major blow up with her a few years ago before I had fibro about some childhood issues that kept resurfacing. Basically I totally snapped and went off on her because I was always feeling belittled by her whenever the rest of the family was around, like she was competing for their attention or something. I really don't think she ever forgave me, and I'm still very nervous around her even though I think I forgave her for her part in the fight. I've always been scared of her, to be blunt, not physically, but emotionally scared that she will rip my heart out if I give her the chance, so I don't trust her I guess. I've got issues.
And she is the only family I have here except for my kids and grandbaby. My other siblings still live in VA. I think I'm afraid of all my siblings except 1 brother and 1 sister. So I guess that probably says more about me than about them.
Well, I've spilled my guts here, lol, and that is only part of them. I know I need therapy, but there is no insurance and no money for that, so thanks for "listening."
SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income, and it is based on an individual's disability AND total household income. Being married can affect SSI because the spouse's income is included in their calculations. So an individual would have to be disabled AND not go above the income limits for the entire household in order to keep receiving SSI.
SSDI is Social Security Disability Income and is based only on an individual's disability and prior work credits, so being married would not affect SSDI.
Hi Boop, Please let us know how your hearing goes. I'm waiting for a hearing to be scheduled. Allsup is representing me, and I have full support from my doctor. I pray that you will win. Fibro hinders work enough, and I have other physical problems as well.
A memory foam topper helps me sleep better, so more good sleep means less pain. I also take Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, and Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, for pain. I just turned 49, and between fibro and diabetic neuropathy and diabetic retinopathy, I had to stop working. So now I'm waiting for an SSDI hearing to be scheduled. I understand some of what you're going through, and I pray that you will find something that works to lessen your pain.
Hi Bette, I know what you mean about pacing ourselves. I've noticed that I feel weak every other day when getting housework done, taking short walks, or whatever. So I walk then plan on just resting the next day. So far it's working for me. I have neuropathy in my hands and feet, so that is what mainly limits me as the drugs I take for fibro usually take away the pain fine. The weakness is my main issue right now, so that is worse the the normal sleepiness caused by my meds. I hope you're feeling better soon!