Fibromyalgia and Social Security Benefits

What You Need to Know

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) negatively influences the body, mind and spirit, undoubtedly affecting an individual’s serenity and ability to work.  To find out what steps are necessary for you to receive the cash benefits you deserve, contact our Help Center for a free claim evaluation.


Basic Overview:

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes pervasive heightened tenderness on multiple points across the body, leading to amplified pain. It is believed that the elevated feelings of physical discomfort are due to repeated nerve stimulation that, consequently, alters brain chemicals and neurotransmitters. Furthermore, this illness often leads to depleted energy, anxiety and weakened memory. 
It is also quite difficult for doctors to diagnose because 1) there is no proven detection test, and 2) because most individuals with fibromyalgia experience varying symptoms. On average, fibromyalgia affects two to four percent of all people, but is most commonly found amongst women. This disease can develop at any age, but it is most frequently identified in teenagers and people 65+.
There is no straightforward answer to what spurs fibromyalgia. However, researchers agree that family history can lead to increased susceptibility, and that physical injuries and emotional ordeals can trigger this illness. Furthermore, if you have inflammatory conditions like lupus, you are more likely to induce fibromyalgia. Though there is no known cure, exercise, stress-management, adequate sleep and prescribed medications tend to relieve pain. 


Fibromyalgia symptoms may include the following:

  • Chronic muscle soreness
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Tender points all over the body, especially around joints
  • Difficulty focusing or mental fogginess
  • Irritable bowel syndrome or similar digestive issues
  • Muscle or joint stiffness
  • Insomnia and/or lethargy
  • Tingling in extremities
  • Migraine headaches

Please note that the presence of the above is not exclusive to FMS. 

Have you spoken to your doctor about your symptoms? An official diagnosis from your doctor is essential for your fibromyalgia disability claim.

How It Influences Work Capabilities:

Fibromyalgia’s clearest and most common symptoms will undoubtedly disrupt one’s work capabilities – whether that means confronting daily bouts of unbearable pain, battling fatigue or dealing with overwhelming anxiety. Furthermore, the stress of a work environment can lead to those affected by fibromyalgia to suffer panic attacks. These consequences often limit one’s ability to put in full workdays and can impede overall importance. 

How We Can Help:

Our knowledgeable team of attorneys, case managers, and legal assistants has firsthand experience filing claims on behalf of those with fibromyalgia. We know what specific documents are required, as well as what parts of your medical history will help establish a strong case. Our friendly staff will be your biggest advocate throughout the entire process of obtaining disability; we will contend with the doctors’ offices, physical therapists, claims examiners, judges and the accompanying paperwork to present an airtight claim or appeal on your behalf. To learn more about how  we can help, click here to find out the many benefits to working with a lawyer. 

It is our goal to save you time, provide you and your family with peace of mind and, above all else, help you receive the social security disability benefits you deserve. 

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