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People who suffer from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia often find that they are unable to work due to complications related to the condition. Constantly feeling pain can make it impossible for sufferers to complete even the most simple physical tasks at work. The disabling condition may entitle qualified individuals to social security disability (SSD) benefits.
SSD benefits are available to people who have worked in the past. Individuals need to work a certain number of hours per year in order to earn credits that can be used to qualify the person for SSD benefits in the future if the individual ever becomes disabled. Unlike government assistance programs, SSD is an insurance policy that is funded by workers.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain in sufferers. While pain is the primary problem associated with the condition, sufferers typically experience chronic fatigue, rapid changes in mood and difficulty sleeping. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but researchers have determined that the brain of a sufferer likely has trouble processing pain signals in a way that keeps nerve impulses under control.
There is not always a trigger for the condition to develop, but some people develop fibromyalgia after suffering from an infection or becoming injured. Fibromyalgia affects more women than men, and people who have the condition may also have depression, irritable bowel syndrome or anxiety. It is uncertain whether these conditions are related.
Fibromyalgia cannot be cured. Sufferers must work with their medical providers to find ways to cope with the pain and other symptoms of the condition. Exercise and relaxation techniques may help sufferers to cope with the chronic pain and fatigue that are associated with the condition.
Qualifying For Social Security Due To Fibromyalgia
It is difficult for fibromyalgia sufferers to qualify for SSD benefits because pain is a subjective medical complication. The Social Security Administration (SSA) often rejects applications from people who have fibromyalgia because the individuals are unable to establish that their pain and other complications are so severe that they are completely unable to work. People who have the condition along with another condition have a higher chance of being approved for benefits.
The good news is that the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has established a diagnosis criteria list for fibromyalgia. People who suffered from the condition in the past typically had trouble convincing medical professionals that their symptoms were real. People who experience symptoms including widespread pain and tender spots can receive a diagnosis if a medical professional rules out other conditions.
Many people who apply for SSD benefits due to fibromyalgia find that they are denied after the initial application. The subjective nature of this condition means that it is essential for applicants to provide detailed information including medical records to the SSA. An experienced SSD attorney can help with the application process. Law firms that specialize in SSD cases are able to guide applicants through the process to ensure that they will have the highest chance of being approved for the benefits that they need.
No one likes to be stuck at home without the ability to work due to a disability. Anyone who feels that their fibromyalgia is severe enough to make it unable for them to complete work tasks should contact an attorney for a consultation. Call us today at [number type=”1″] or at our toll free number [number type=”3″] for a free consultation.