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TIPS TO WIN DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR FIBROMYALGIA

If you suffer from Fibromyalgia and can’t work, you should apply for disability benefits. Fibromyalgia was officially recognized by the SSA as a qualifying condition for Social Security Disability Benefits in July 2012. That was over 7 years ago. However, many people still don’t know what to do in order to document this impairment as a disability.

FIBROMYALGIA DISABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The SSA will consider your Fibromyalgia as a disabling condition if your medical record contains a history of widespread pain that lasts for at least three months. The pain may fluctuate in intensity and may not always be present. The medical evidence must also show that other disorders which could cause the same symptoms have been excluded. Also, you must have one of the following:

At least 11 tender points on physical examination OR

  • Repeated manifestations of six or more fibromyalgia symptoms

including:

  • fatigue cognitive or memory problems (often called “fibro fog”)
  • waking unrefreshed
  • depression
  • anxiety disorder
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • muscle pain
  • muscle weakness
  • headache pain or cramps in the abdomen
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • hives or welts
  • blurred vision
  • fever
  • heartburn
  • oral ulcers
  • loss of taste or change in taste
  • seizures
  • dry eyes
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of appetite
  • rash
  • sun sensitivity
  • hearing difficulties
  • easy bruising
  • hair loss
  • frequent urination or bladder spasms

If you have Fibromyalgia and are not able to work, you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits. But, it will increase your chances of winning disability benefits if your treating physician documents the above symptoms in your medical record. It is also helpful if you can find a physician or rheumatologist who specializes in treating Fibromyalgia.

If you have further questions about applying for disability benefits, contact Cannon Disability Law. There is no charge to call our office. We will give you a free consultation. We can often tell you over the phone if we can help you.

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