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What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that is recognized by the Social Security Administration. You can obtain disability benefits from the SSA if you are disabled by Fibromyalgia and you cannot work. Fibromyalgia is typically diagnosed by a medical doctor after first ruling out other potential causes of a patient’s chronic, widespread 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, numbness and tingling in their arms and legs, 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.

Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with Depression, Anxiety Disorder, and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please be aware, however, that 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 is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The condition can run in families and there are studies which show there may be a genetic component to the condition. Other factors that may be involved 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 of the other symptoms discussed above, seek treatment from a physician familiar with Fibromyalgia.  In order to prove #disability from Fibromyalgia, 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 www.cannondisability.com and we will help you apply for benefits.

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