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The Futility of Working with Pain: Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia


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11/2/2014
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When it comes to fibromyalgia, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that you have an established impairment backed by medical evidence to even file a claim. Unfortunately, since FM is subject to changing locations of pain, a medically determinable impairment can be hard to distinguish and medically diagnose.

However, if you have the proper symptoms, and fall into criteria issued by the American College of Rheumatology for establishing FM, the Social Security Board for Disability is obligated to address your claim.

How Fibromyalgia Affects Your Ability to Work

The Social Security Board is aware that fibromyalgia causes several incapacitating problems, and that these problems can prevent you from working. These problems can include:

  • Inability to carry more than a few pounds of weight
  • Decreased mobility and slow movement
  • Inefficient work due to mental problems
  • Consistent or frequent “call-offs” due to pain
  • Inability to focus and complete assigned tasks
  • Negative attitude due to depression


However, due to the breadth of the disorder and frequent misdiagnoses based on the lack of hard evidence for the disease, the SSA is reluctant to approve disability claims based on symptoms alone. This why medically determinable impairment is required for all fibromyalgia claims.

Exploring Disability for Your Pain

If you’ve been legitimately diagnosed with FM, you have a valid chance of receiving disability benefits. Don’t allow a missing document or unclear diagnosis affect your chances of approval. Before filing your claim, contact us for a free consultation. When we represent you, we’ll make sure all of your t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted, as well as review your claim for any irregularities or potential problems. We believe that you deserve disability if you’re unable to work, and we’ll fight to see that happen. Call today!

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