Fibromyalgia Sufferers Can Receive Social Security Disability Benefits

The Mayo Clinic defines fibromyalgia as a chronic condition that causes widespread pain in a person's muscles, ligaments and tendons. Fibromyalgia also prevents people from getting restorative sleep, which can lead to constant fatigue. One in 50, or two percent, of Americans have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can be a very hard disease to diagnose. Tests may not reveal that anything is wrong. A rheumatologist will be necessary to diagnose fibromyalgia.

If you have fibromyalgia, you may have good days and bad days. When your bad days start outnumbering your good days, it is unlikely you will be able to keep your job or find another one. If you are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines whether applicants can obtain these benefits. Social Security has a special set of rules that must be followed to verify a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

The SSA will want medical evidence before they approve your claim. If you have fibromyalgia, but have not yet seen a rheumatologist, you should see a rheumatologist to make sure you receive a proper diagnosis. A treating rheumatologist may be able to shed light on your various limitations, and why you will not be able to work.

Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia in Nebraska? We Can Help.

Our law firm will work to make sure you have complete medical documentation in order to give you the best chance at getting your benefits. We are devoted to helping people with disabilities get the benefits they need. Call (402) 933-5405 for a free claim evaluation. 

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska