Trying to get disability benefits can be a long and frustrating ordeal.  After working and paying Social Security taxes for many years, it may come as a rude awakening to learn that the government will likely deny your claim for benefits when you are no longer able to work due to health problems.  It is natural to be discouraged after your claim is first denied, but it is very important not to give up.  Statistics consistently show that people have much better results in obtaining benefits when they get an attorney, appeal their case, and appear at a hearing in front of a judge.  Documentation from medical sources is also very important to your case, so keep seeing your doctor(s) - it is important for your health too!  Communicate with your doctors and let them know how your symptoms affect you, so they can understand how your health problems affect your ability to work.