I applied for CPP disability as well as other disabilities in 1995 and was turned down by all. I was not able to work for 5 yrs. I returned to work in 2000. In the past 5 yrs. I have had 5 different jobs but adding up the total number of months actually worked in those 5 yrs. amounts to a mere 22 months. I have been fired from a couple and had to quit the others because of the physical and mental stress of fibro that caused so much pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression. I have not been working for just over a year now and have applied for CPP again and again turned down. All information from my GP, psychiatrist and other specialists were included with my application. My GP was very surprised that I was denied. She not only knows me as a patient, she was one of my employers. She agrees that I can not work at any job. We are appealing and my GP has referred me back to the psychiatrist (waiting for an appt.). I don't know what else to do. Has anyone been accepted by CPP and if so, what convinced them to grant the disability request? I should also add that I am not eligible for Federal as my husband makes too much money but sadly not enough alleviate the financial stress with me not working. Thank you for taking the time to read. Any advice/info will be greatly appreciated.
The following user gives a hug of support to life seeker: SpicyGirl82 (05-17-2012)
hi life seeker,
welcome to the boards. i hope someone can help you. i am afraid i don't know what CPP is. i live in the u.s. and have no help to offer you.
can you get an attorney to assist you? that's what we do here. remember as you go thru this to breath and eat healthy. the stress of it all is hard on you and fibro loves stress. i am sorry you got turned down. wish i knew more to help. have to hope one of the other kids will get on and help you.
Welcome to the board!
I'm from the US so don't know what CPP is...
I applied for SSI here but my husbn makes too much also. Applied for SSDI Feb 2011. Been turned down twice. I'm now in the 3rd phase waiting to see a judge. Normally people get it at this phase but trying not to get my hopes up. Keep telling myself that if I get turned down I'll just keep applying. When you can't work but need the $ all we an do is keep trying... Are you able to keep applying for CPP?
I hired a company to do the paper work for me. I will also have someone to go in front of the judge with me to push my case.
Hopefully you can get an attorney or something where they don't get paid unless you do!
Thank you ladies for replying. CPP is Canada Pension Plan. I will keep applying for sure as we do need the money and I have paid into CPP for many years. If I am turned down again, I can write a letter to my local government official. I also have a friend who may be able to connect me with a lawyer who deals with this kind of thing. But, as they say "one step at a time". I didn't fight it in 1995 because I just didn't have any fight left in me. I regret it and will not give up this time. Thank you both for your encouragement and advise.
I'm one of the minority of men that have the previlige of having fibromyalgia and I know how you feel when all the pain comes on. I applied for disability last year and was approved the first time. I'm not telling you that to make you feel bad but what I was told by my Rheumatologist was that you have to make sure that all the attending physicians send in their paper work in a timely manner and the more you have sending the paper work the better chance you may have. Don't rely on just 1 physician go to as many as you can . that sounds like a lot but it may help.
Good luck and may God bless
Hi Tom. I am happy to hear that you were approved the first time.
I have been to several doctors and my GP received all the reports and had sent all of them in at once. Are you in the U.S or Canada? I am in Canada.
Maybe men get approved more quickly because the government decides men need to support families not thinking that women do too.
I hope I am not sounding bitter because I am not. Well, not to you or anyone else male or female who gets accepted. I am however bitter towards the gov't.
The very first time I applied was in the mid 90's and I was a single mother with 2 small children. I ended up having to get back together with my ex-husband to make sure my children would be taken care of while still being with me. It was a bad marriage but I didn't know what else to do. I was unable to work for 5 years and finally went back to work (different job) because I couldn't live with him any longer. It has been a real struggle since making that decision and I just can't do it any more. I can not work at any job but the gov't doesn't seem to care. All I can do is keep fighting. I am debating whether or not I should send doctors reports from Ont. (I am in BC now). If I do that, they may decide it is only temporary not taking into consideration who I have struggled and suffered every day I have worked. All I can do is keep fighting and hope they grant me the disability.