This post discusses Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Benefits. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

Researchers believe that Fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Via the Mayo Clinic.

Many clients with Fibromyalgia have described their pain to me as a flu like muscle ache that is worsened by activity, stress and sometimes even being touched. Fibromyalgia is usually diagnosed by tender points on a person’s body (see above diagram). There is a base level of pain which can be exacerbated when clients have a flare. A flare can last for a day or a month (or longer).

Doctors usually recommend stress reduction, exercise, relaxation or medication as ways to alleviate your Fibromyalgia pain. If you have followed your doctor’s advice regarding your Fibromyalgia but your symptoms still keep you from working, you may need to consider filing a claim for Social Security Disability.

Believe it or not, there are some doctors who still do not believe that Fibromyalgia exists despite all evidence to the contrary. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has recognized that Fibromyalgia can be a severe impairment (See SSA Ruling 12-2p for discussion of SSA’s evaluation of Fibromyalgia). While there is no listing for Fibromyalgia, the affect that Fibromyalgia has on your ability to work must be considered by the Social Security Administration.

If your Fibromyalgia has stopped you from working, file for Social Security Disability as soon as possible. Delay may cause you to lose benefits. The Bishop Law Firm is experienced with Fibromyalgia and the Social Security Disability Process. We would be happy to discuss your case with you.