Winning Social Security Benefits for Fibromyalgia
If you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and can’t work, your fibromyalgia may qualify you for winning Social Security Disability benefits. But it’s not easy. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has specific rules and requirements you must meet to be eligible for disability benefits for fibromyalgia.
To win disability benefits, you’ll need medical evidence and work history information to prove your fibromyalgia is so severe that it will prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
If you have fibromyalgia and need help getting disability benefits, contact the Chicago disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law. The process of getting disability benefits for fibromyalgia is complicated, but we want to make your life easier and help prove to the SSA that you’re eligible for disability benefits.
The Requirements for Fibromyalgia Disability Benefits from Social Security
The SSA used to consider fibromyalgia a subjective condition – one that would be very difficult to prove and one which SSA routinely ignored. As patients with fibromyalgia often understand, the illness is often not well understood by family, friends and even medical staff. There has been a strong bias against disability from fibromyalgia which is far from easy to overcome. Recently, the SSA updated its guidelines, but winning disability benefits for fibromyalgia can still be challenging.
To qualify for disability from fibromyalgia alone, you must have a history of widespread pain – pain that includes all parts of your body and has lasted more than three months.
In addition to these qualifications, the SSA requires a physical examination to test 18 tender points on your body. These sites (nine per each side of your body) are:
- The inner portion of your knee
- The top of your buttock
- The area below your hip
- Your second rib
- The muscle near your shoulder blade
- The outer portion of your buttock
- The back and side of your neck
- You shoulder muscle
- The base of your skull.
Your treating doctor will also need to rule out other physical disorders as the source of the pain.
Call Us for Help Proving You Qualify for Fibromyalgia Disability Benefits from Social Security
Our disability law firm has helped thousands of people in the Chicago area win disability benefits – including people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Often that diagnosis goes along with other problems you may be facing and our expertise is meshing your situation with SSA’s many written rules and biases.
If the pain from your fibromyalgia is so intense you can’t work and has been diagnosed by a doctor, we want to help. Let our disability attorneys help you get the benefits you deserve.
Whether you need to apply or appeal, our attorneys understand fibromyalgia and want to help you.
If you have fibromyalgia and can no longer work, call our disability attorneys at 312-443-0900 for a free evaluation of your Social Security Disability claim. Whether you need to apply or appeal your denial, call us first.