If you can’t work because of the symptoms from fibromyalgia, you may qualify for disability benefits. If you need help shouldering the burden of medical bills and the costs of living, it can seem like you have no place to turn. But there is hope.
Our Chicago Lawyers Help You Qualify & Apply for Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia
At Nash Disability Law, our lawyers are focused on getting to know your specific needs. Our team has the experience of over three decades and thousands of cases to help you file and get the benefits you both need and deserve. Our lawyers know the system at both the local and federal levels, and they’ll get the right piece of evidence, at the right time, to the right person, in the right way to successfully apply or appeal your disability claim.
Social Security’s Disability Requirements for Fibromyalgia
In the past, fibromyalgia was considered a subjective condition, one that it would be extremely difficult to prove that you need benefits. Fortunately, the SSA has recently updated their guidelines, but it’s still not easy. To qualify as disabled with FM, you must have a history of widespread pain — this means you need to have pain in all parts of the body, skeletal pain, and pain that has lasted for over three months.
On top of this qualification, the SSA asks for a physical examination to test 18 tender points. These sites (nine per each side of the body) are:
- The base of your skull
- The back and side of your neck
- Shoulder muscle
- The muscle near your shoulder blade
- Your second rib
- The outer portion of your elbow
- The top of your buttock
- The area below your hip
- The inner portion of your knee.
In addition to this test, your treating doctor will need to rule out other physical and mental disorders. As you can see, getting approved for disability benefits when you suffer from fibromyalgia isn’t easy. If you’re struggling to manage your fibromyalgia symptoms and can no longer work, the lawyers at Nash Disability Law are here to help you apply or appeal your disability case.