Re: need advice on asking about SSD- back pain and also fibro
Sounds like you have quite a bit going on. I would first talk to your HR Department about the options available to you, as far as temporary disability, for example, which may be available to you through your employer or your state. A temporary disability option may enable you to have a short-term income stream while you take some time off from work to improve your health. Since it sounds like your primary goal is to leave work only temporarily, this type of benefit seems bestl-suited to your situation. The HR department should also give you information on leave. Be sure to ask if you qualify for FMLA.
As far as social security disability, which I think your post concerns, your employer does not make the decision as to whether you would receive a benefit. This determination is made by the Social Security Adminstration. Without knowing all of your particulars (current income, projected disability income, income needs, etc., none of which should be posted on the internet), it is difficult to know whether you should apply for SSD. However, if you go to the social security website, you should be able to get more information. Also, if you contact an attorney who specializes in social security applications, they should not bill you directly. Much like worker's comp attorneys, they are paid by the administrative system, rather than by the individual applicants. The social security website should have some information as to how to find an attorney, but if not, you can call the state bar for your state to receive a referral.