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. is a condition that includes symptoms of both fatigue and varying widespread musculoskeletal pain. It is considered a chronic condition. The only way to firmly diagnose fibromyalgia is through a trigger point examination. Typically this is done by a Rheumatologist, but it can also be done by any physician.
Fibromyalgia is not an impairment “listed” by the Social Security Administration. This does not mean that Fibromyalgia is not disabling. It just means that Social Security does not offer guidance on exactly how to evaluate fibromyalgia. In fact, fibromyalgia’s severity can be very different among different people. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to prove. For these reasons, it can be hard to win a Social Security disability claim with fibromyalgia as the only diagnosis.
If you are making a claim for Social Security disability, one important factor is to get the fibromyalgia treated and diagnosed by a Rheumatologist. The Social Security Administration will give the diagnosis and treatment more weight if it comes from a Rheumatologist. Fibromyalgia and depression often occur together. A claim for Social Security disability can be made stronger with treatment for depression by a Psychologist or Psychiatrist. Our Hoglund Lawyers find that arguing fibromyalgia claims can be difficult and complex. If you have disabling fibromyalgia and need to make a claim for Social Security disability benefits.