Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability

Crucial Facts about Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits You Need To Know

Fibromyalgia is a long term problem with a multitude of symptoms.  Fibromyalgia patients complain of chronic pain that affects multiple parts of the body.  Other debilitating symptoms associated with fibromyalgia may include intense fatigue, stiffness of the joints, disturbed sleep and difficulty swallowing. Still others may experience depression, anxiety and difficulty thinking or concentrating.

Those who suffer with fibromyalgia often complain of difficulty with everyday activities, maintaining a normal schedule, and getting along with others.  Many fibromyalgia patients report that stress makes the symptoms worse. For those who are unable to work due to their fibromyalgia symptoms, Social Security Disability benefits are often a last resort.

Detailed proof from a treating physician is necessary in order to prevail on a claim where fibromyalgia is the disabling condition.  The treating physician’s records should include physical examinations and should note the patient’s tender points.  The medical records should show that the patient has complained of widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body for a period of at least 3 months, pain in at least 11 of 18 tender points in the body and proof that other diseases could not have caused such symptoms.The records should also indicate the length and severity of symptoms over a period of time and the response to prescribed treatment.  The medical records alone could make the crucial difference.

Although the Social Security Administration does not have a specific medical listing for fibromyalgia, the condition can be found disabling if the patient’s complaints and limitations have been documented and are consistent with the medical evidence.  Documentation that fibromyalgis affects the person’s ability to sit, stand, walk and lift would be necessary in such a claim.  Additionally, if the person also has problems with memory and understanding, that often will impact the ability to work under supervisioin, get along with co-workers or carry out instructions.  Such complaints need to be documented by the treating physician.

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