Has Fibromyalgia Kept You Away from Your Massachusetts Job?Of the 100 million-plus people who receive Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits in the United States each year, 346,105, or about 30%, suffer from diseases of the musculoskeletal system and the connective tissue, making this category the number one most disabling.
Fibromyalgia is one type of musculoskeletal disorder that affects many Americans, especially women, who make up 75-90% of the estimated ten million total sufferers. At its worst, fibromyalgia can cause disability for the sufferer and qualify him or her for Massachusetts SSA disability benefits.
Fibromyalgia can cause many physical problems including:
- Widespread musculoskeletal pain.
- Sleep problems.
- Memory issues.
- Mood swings.
- Tension headaches.
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Depression and anxiety.
The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, but there are some clues. Doctors have advanced the following factors as possible causes:
- Some infectious illnesses may trigger fibromyalgia or make it worse.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder is another link to the causes of fibromyalgia.
- There may be genetic mutations that run in families that cause the disorder.
- Some researchers think that people who have a rheumatic disease are more likely to experience fibromyalgia.
Although fibromyalgia is considered incurable, current treatments can help relieve pain and suffering. These treatments include:
- Medications for pain management.
- Managing and improving sleep through various habits and sometimes medications.
- Providing psychological support, from family and friends to counseling and support groups.
- Other treatments involve physical therapy, massage, aerobics, relaxation and breathing techniques, yoga and nutritional supplements.
These Boston Social Security disability attorneys can evaluate your case and walk you through the application process. Call today toll free at 888-904-6847 or fill out the confidential form on this page. We look forward to helping you.