I visited the Rheumatologist on Tuesday last week. She asked me then if I was wanting to apply for disability because I had several tender points. I said no, but I've been in a flare for a little over 2 weeks now and am thinking disability may not be a bad idea. I've also got asthma and a slight case of scoliosis. However, I'm only 28 and hate to think that I'm unable to work. I came to work this morning and am nearly in tears because of hurting so will probably go home before noon (I've cut my days back to 4-6 hours and leave at noon most days because I've gotten to where I have to have a nap in the afternoons because I'm so exhausted by then). I don't want people to see me as "living off their tax dollars" so am skeptical of filing for disability, but I've not got gainful employment right now because of hurting or being too tired to function. I resigned from teaching in 2008 when I was really sick (my doctors think it may have been the onset of my fibro...around the time my older brother died in an accident) and am a secretary at a church now. Work is easy and I love it, but it's hard to get through the day sometimes.
How many of you are working?
For those of you not working, are you on disability and how hard was it to get? What helped make your decision to file for disability?