April 12, 2018
Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits
Is your Fibromyalgia so severe that you are unable to work? If this is the case, it may be in your best interest to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits right away. It is very possible that Fibromyalgia is not the only thing keeping you from working. This condition combined with other physical or mental conditions may create an inability to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to consider all of your conditions in combination to determine if you are disabled.
While the cause of Fibromyalgia is yet to be determined, many of my clients complain of very similar symptoms. These symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle pain-This can be widespread and tender to the touch.
- Fatigue-Even with adequate sleep, many individuals feel tired.
- Focus, concentration, and memory problems-This is sometimes referred to as “Fibro Fog”.
I have noticed many of my clients have other common symptoms. These can include migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, and depression.
The SSA does recognize Fibromyalgia as a disabling condition, but it can be hard to prove without proper supporting medical evidence. While many primary care providers diagnose Fibromyalgia and prescribe medications for its treatment, it may be in your best interest to see a rheumatologist to help support your case with the Social Security Administration. A qualified rheumatologist can perform a “tender point” test to help show you meet the criteria for disability benefits. Also, a medical source statement from a treating medical professional stating the diagnosis, duration, symptoms, and your inability to work can help persuade the SSA or an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) you are deserving of disability benefits.
With all Social Security disability cases, time is of the essence. It is important to file your claim in a timely manner and meet all deadlines the SSA has established. My office has handled thousands of disability claims, many involving Fibromyalgia. A simple phone call to the office may help answer questions you have when attempting to get the benefits you are entitled to.
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