Social Security Disability and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is now a recognized medically determinable impairment by the Social Security Administration. For this reason, the Fibromyaldia claimant who has been denied should not give up on their case.

Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder that has gained increasing recognition over the past 20 years. and may lead to a determination of disability.

The first guidelines to diagnose Fibromyalgia were created by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990. Fibromyalgia can bring widespread pain, particularly among 18 designated “tender points” in the body. The ACR guidelines suggest the patient must have pain in at least eleven of these designated points to warrant a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. The pain must also be felt on both sides of the body, as well as above and below the waist. There is often sleeping trouble and emotional difficulty compounding the physical pain.

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition in which patients may also experience sleeping trouble and emotional difficulties. While there are no laboratory tests that can isolate a specific physiological cause, Fibromyalgia is often the result of a previous accident, trauma, or illness.

If you think you have Fibromyalgia it’s important to find physicians who have some experience with this unusual illness. Most commonly they practice internal medicine or rheumatology.

Pregabalin (Lyrica) was the first medicine FDA-approved to treat Fibromyalgia. More Fibromyalgia drugs are in development. Doctors also treat Fibromyalgia with a variety of medications developed and approved for other purposes.

If you are looking for a lawyer for your Fibromyalgia claim you should look for one who has handled many of these claims. These cases require an understanding of the disease and how to deal with the all too common skeptical eye some of those people have with these cases. Many lawyers will not even take these cases because they can be difficult to prove to an skeptical Administrative Law Judge. If you are looking for a law firm who has handled many Social Security Disability claims for Fibromyalgia consider contacting Allan W. Ben P.C. We have helped many people with the condition get their benefits and know what it takes to win.