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What Is Fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that the Social Security Administration recognizes. You can obtain disability benefits from the SSA if you have this disease.  A medical doctor diagnosis Fibromyalgia after first ruling out other potential causes of a patient’s chronic body pain.  Also, the doctor must verify that a number of symptoms are present before the diagnosis can be made. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia, besides widespread body pain, are a heightened pain response to pressure, fatigue, sleep problems, and memory trouble.  Some people report restless leg syndrome and numbness or tingling in their arms and legs. Some report sensitivity to noise, lights, cold and heat. Other people have bowel and bladder problems. Raynaud’s syndrome and pain associated with particular pressure points on the body is also common.


Fibromyalgia, along with Depression, Anxiety Disorder, and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can result in disability. However, fibromyalgia is a separate diagnosis from these mental disorders and it is not a mental condition, it is a physical condition.

The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. But, it can involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The condition can run in families. There are studies that show there may be a genetic component to the condition. Other factors may include stress, past or current trauma, and physical infections.

Fibromyalgia is recognized as a disorder by the National Institute of Health and the American College of Rheumatology. If you have chronic, widespread body pain, severe fatigue, and any other symptoms, you should seek treatment from a physician.  In order to prove disability, you will need medical records from a treating physician and a history of treatment for the disorder.  You cannot win your disability case without objective medical evidence from a treating physician. If you have further questions about this condition or believe you cannot work and need disability benefits, you can contact our office for free at We can help you apply for benefits.

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