Filing for disability for Meniere's patients

PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND THE INFORMATION I AM SHARING IS TO BE USED AS A REFERENCE ONLY! EACH PERSON WHO HAS MENIERE'S MAY NOT, OR WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY. ONLY A QUALIFIED DOCTOR MAY DETERMINE YOUR DISABILITY THOUGH TESTING AND BY OBSERVING HOW YOU REACT TO VARIOUS TYPES OF TREATEMENTS.A JUDGE WILL MAKE THE FINAL DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU QUALIFY. MANY MENIERE'S PATIENTS ARE ABLE TO WORK AND ONLY HAVE BRIEF BOUTS OF VERTIGO. SOME BOUTS CAN LAST FOR A FEW DAYS TO A FEW MONTHS. THIS INFORMATION IS MORE FOR THOSE, LIKE MYSELF WHO ARE VERY LIMITED IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND ARE NOT ABLE TO WORK OR HAVE "A TYPICAL MENIERE'S.  
 Meniere's is one of the more difficult diseases to get SSDI for, especially if you are not deaf, which is NOT considered a disability that would prevent you from working in itself. When I finally got my diagnosis, my husband spent a lot of time researching what meniere's was. When I started missing work, it became a big problem. The HR woman told me that I was NOT considered legally disabled and therefore did not qualify, under corporate guidelines to be treated any differently than any one else. It was at that time I filed for disability. I got FMLA, short term disability, started back to work on a limited basis until I just could not work an 8-10 hr day any longer.  Finally when the doctor restricted my hours to 4 a day...it was clearly the opportunity for the HR woman to dismiss me as my position was considered "full time."  Because I had gone back to work and tried to make things work, I was denied disability.  I've seen many comments by so many of you who are experiencing exactly what I went through. It wasn't until I found myself unable to sit up, or even walk to my mailbox that I refiled for disability. By this time, I had gone through all of the testing and tried every single method of treatment my specialist required of me. My husband came across a site where a man generously and bravely shared his 4 yr uphill battle to win his case for disability for meniere's. The one MAIN factor when filing for disability is that you "may not be gainfully employed or engaged in any substancial gainful activity. Go to Social Security and look under the disability link. 607.1/607.2,and 607.3. "You must meet the guidelines of the Listing, because simply having an impairment with the same name as listed impairment does not satisfy the requirements of the law. To be considered as "meeting" the impairment must have the symptoms, clinical signs, and laboratory findings specified in the Listing." In other words, unless you meet the guidelines for a specific disability according to the regulations they require, you won't be eligible for SSDI. Look under the "disability Evaluation Under Social Security (Blue Book Jan 2003) *****Keep in mind, I wasn't properly diagnosed until February of 2003 by an ENT. Prior to that, it was going to my PCP every week to see what was wrong with me. After being given a battery of tests by the ENT, the diagnosis was made and I was referred to a hearing and balance specialist.  2.00 is listed in the "blue book) section 1 "special Senses and Speech which addresses the issue of Amulatatory effectivity. Part A Appendix 1 subpart P Part 404-listing of impairements: you will find. Section 223(42 U.S.C 423) (a)(1)  then go to Subsection (B) Otolaryngolgy of that subsection listed above. Subsection 2. Vertigo associated with disturbabces of the labyrinthine-vestibular function, including meniere's disease. I've just given you a little bit of information that I have kept in my "history of Meniere's" expandable folder. I hope in some ways this will help others who, like me, are not your typical meniere's patient, and in other ways make those of you who experience bouts with meniere's find comfort in knowing that what they experience can be short term and temporary. All of are unique in many ways, but all of us support each other, encourage each other, and are able to relate to each other in a way no one else can. For this, I am truely grateful.