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Getting Social Security Benefits for Your Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Those that suffer from it experience pain in their muscles, ligaments, and tendons (the soft fibrous tissues in the body). Patients with Fibromyalgia say they ache all over, as if their muscles are being pulled or overworked. The pain can be throbbing, shooting or stabbing. Some people experience more stiffness in the morning time, or in muscle groups that are used repetitively. Others with Fibromyalgia say their muscles twitch and/or burn. Additionally, they feel an enormous lack of energy, including brain fatigue and feeling like their arms and legs are tied to concrete blocks. People with this illness have a hard time concentrating, sleeping, and experience irritable bowel syndrome and chronic headaches. These symptoms vary from person to person. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men and it shows up in people of all ages. Chronic pain syndrome and the Gulf syndrome overlap with Fibromyalgia. For more information about all the symptoms, see the Fibromyalgia Network www.fmnetnews.com. The information below was obtained from this site.
For a long time, people with Fibromyalgia would not qualify for disability benefits because many medical professionals and decision makers in the Social Security system did not know what this illness was. There is often no medical evidence, like x-rays or blood tests that can prove someone has Fibromyalgia. This makes such cases extremely difficult to prove. Now, more medical research is available on the illness, yet it is still not listed as one of the disabilities that Social Security recognizes. In order to successfully win benefits for a Fibromyalgia case, the claimant's pain or fatigue must be equivalent to some other illness that is recognized by the Social Security Administration. Therefore, it is vital to have a medical or mental health provider document all your symptoms. Also, there are a variety of treatments a doctor can tell you about which can make the pain more manageable.
Social Security evaluates each person's claim for benefits using the following five steps:
At Disability Group, we understand how hard life can become with a back injury. Our experienced staff will guide you through the process of getting your disability benefits. We understand what medical evidence is required to prove your case and we will work diligently at obtaining, analyzing and preparing your case for a favorable decision. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case, by internet at www.socialsecuritydisabilityhelpcenter.com or by phone at (888) BENEFITS.
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