Can I Receive Social Security If I Suffer From Fibromyalgia?
It is estimated that anywhere from 3 to 6 million people in the United States are affected by fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a complex pain disorder that can affect people not only physically, but mentally and socially as well.
Currently, fibromyalgia is not included on the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments that qualify for disability benefits. Those who suffer from this often debilitating condition may believe that they are ineligible to apply for disability. However, it is important to know how the Social Security Administration views this impairment.
If a case is filed where your only condition listed is fibromyalgia, the approval is unlikely. However, many times those who suffer from this condition will also find it has a negative impact on other conditions that do qualify for Social Security disability. For instance, if you also suffer an impairment of a musculoskeletal nature, you stand a greater chance of being approved. For instance, filing a disability claim where both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis are indicated will carry more weight.
Unfortunately, when it comes to fibromyalgia, although many sufferers find the impairment itself to be debilitating, the condition is still not completely understood and there seems to be a wide range of symptoms that affect people. It is also more helpful if a fibromyalgia diagnosis is made by a specialist, such as a rheumatologist, rather than a family doctor.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia you may still be eligible for Social Security disability if it is found in conjunction with another listed impairment. A associate who specializes in Social Security Disability can assist you. Disability Help Group, located in Atlanta, Georgia represent over 5000 disability claimants. Our disability representatives have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.