Daily Archives: June 21, 2016

Tuesday at 10 – This weeks prompt phrase is: {STEP}

Tuesday at 10

This weeks prompt phrase is: {STEP} 

Taking the first step is difficult. Sometimes one must trust that the first step is safe sight unseen. You must put your trust in God. Look to God for guidance.


Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems



Fibromyalgia and Disability

Question: Can I Get Disability With Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Yes, you can be approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome, as long as you meet the Social Security Administration’s criteria. The agency looks at whether an individual’s symptoms are severe enough to be disabling and reasonably prevent employment.

In order to qualify for SSDI, you must suffer from a permanent condition that prevents you from working. In other words, your disability must have lasted, or be expected to last, a minimum of twelve months and you must be unable to earn an income greater than $1,130 per month (prior to 2016, this standard allowable level of Substantial Gainful Activity was only $1,090 per month).

In addition, an individual must have earned sufficient work credits in order to qualify for SSDI. The normal requirement is a total of 40 credits, 20 of which must have been earned in the 10 years prior to the onset of disability. Usually, this means that a person must have a fairly consistent work history and have worked (and paid Social Security taxes) for a combined five of the ten years prior to becoming disabled.

However, being approved for SSDI benefits is not an easy process by any means, and most applications are rejected on the first attempt and some even on a second attempt. More people are approved during an appeals process that can take a considerable amount of time.

Or you can do as I did and have an agency do the work for you. I used Allsup and they did all the work and I got approved my first time and within 6 months time. They do charge a fee just like a lawyer would, but they are ex-workers from the Social Security Administration and know the ins and outs. No fee is charged if your case is denied.

Attorneys and Allsup will only receive 25% of the first payment or $6,000 depending on which one is lower. The payment will be sent directly from the Social Security Administration to the attorney and the balance will be sent to the claimant in the form of a check or direct deposit.

Allsup did not charge me a fee since the fee was paid by my private disability insurance. A lot of them will pay the fee just to get you off their records so they don’t have to pay.

If you don’t qualify for SSDI there is a benefit called SSI which is based on financial need. People who haven’t worked and acquired the necessary points for SSDI can apply for SSI although it is for people with low income and they include both partners in the income determination.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems





Calcium and Fibromyalgia – courtesy of Healthiculture

This article provided by Healthiculture. This is another component of Fibromyalgia to think about adding to your diet. I am having terrible muscle pain right now and not much calcium unless it is in the foods I eat. I need more supplements.


Can Calcium Deficiency Lead to Fibromyalgia? – Do you need Calcium Supplements?

Calcium is one of the primary minerals that your body needs and must be replenished regularly. This becomes even more essential if you are a patient of fibromyalgia. Calcium deficiency exhibits similar symptoms as fibromyalgia where patient suffers from intense muscle cramps and pains along with a severe fatigue. Calcium deficiency affects the health of your bones and cause difficulty in movement and carrying out daily routines.

This article is provided by Healthiculture.

What are symptoms of calcium deficiency?

  • Muscle cramp is one of the initial signs of deficiency of calcium in the body.
  • Muscle pain, especially in your arms, thighs and under arms while walking or moving is yet another sign of calcium deficiency.
  • Calcium is an essential constituent for teeth and tooth decay is one symptom of deficiency of calcium.
  • Calcium is said to be one of the main components present in your nails. When you suffer from brittle and weak nails, you are most probably having calcium deficiency.
  • Delayed menstruation, especially in young girls, is yet another important sign.
  • Premenstrual cramps also occur to women who have a deficiency of calcium content in their body.


The Relationship Between Calcium Deficiency and Fibromyalgia in Women

A large percentage of fibromyalgia patients constitutes of women in the middle age group. Similarly, calcium deficiency largely occurs to middle age women. It is a common advice for women to up their calcium intake via pills and supplements after their 30’s in order to avoid osteoarthritis, muscle cramps and other bone health related problems that results in difficulties in moving and activities involving the arms, legs and so on. Nevertheless, whether calcium deficiency leads to fibromyalgia remains a question mark. Several studies have, however, found a link between calcium deficiency and fibromyalgia.

Doctor listened to my diabetes woes…

He listened and even acknowledged he should have been following this more carefully and been more aggressive In treatment.

I am now on an increased does of my Glipizide and he added 2 500 mg tablets of Metformin. Now we wait to see if it helps.

I need to take my sugar count every day and take my list or meter into the doctor in my next appointment in a month. I have been taking it everyday anyhow.

I am so glad he listened and treated me this time. He said we might have to consider an endocrinologist if his treatment doesn’t work. I told him about my numbers and the insulin in the hospital and he seemed happy that maybe I would just go on insulin. If the increased treatment doesn’t work I may have to go on it, like it or not, but not ready for that yet.

Went to the store and got fresh fruit and Veggies plus protein to add to diet each meal. And protein just before bed from what I remember.

The plus, thank the Lord, is my diabetes meds are free through the stores program where I get my medications refilled. I can’t complain about that.