Social Security Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia in Chicago, IL
Getting financial assistance can lighten your stress and improve your life when fibromyalgia stops you from working.
You can get this kind of support from Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, which provide monthly disability checks to help you pay for your essential needs and let you focus on your health.
But like the health condition itself, a fibromyalgia disability claim can be confusing, frustrating and hard.
That’s because this is a poorly understood health problem. Other people can’t see, feel or understand how you feel with fibromyalgia. Your symptoms may change from day to day.
To get claims examiners to understand and award you SSD benefits, you have to nail down your explanation and your evidence that fibromyalgia is making it impossible for you to work.
We can help. The disability lawyers at Nash Disability Law know the Social Security Administration (SSA) rules and requirements that you must meet to be eligible for disability benefits with fibromyalgia.
You’ll need medical evidence and work history information that show your fibromyalgia is so severe, it will prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
Our disability attorneys remove the burden from you by handling the legwork of proving to the SSA that you’re eligible for disability benefits.
In fact, we’ve helped more Chicago area people win benefits than any other firm.
How to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits with Fibromyalgia
The SSA used to consider fibromyalgia a subjective condition—one that’s very difficult to prove, so they routinely ignored it.
As patients with fibromyalgia know, this illness is often not well understood even by your own family, friends and health care providers. A strong bias against disability for fibromyalgia is hard to overcome.
But in 2012, the SSA finally recognized fibromyalgia as a debilitating health condition that can qualify for disability benefits, and it provided guidelines on how to prove your case.
To qualify for SSD benefits with 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 that, Social Security 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.
No matter what health condition you have, most people get denied disability benefits when they first apply, and they have to appeal the decision to win.
If you want to know whether you have a claim for disability benefits for fibromyalgia, you can start by talking to our SSD lawyers free of charge.
Get Help Proving You Qualify for Fibromyalgia Disability Benefits from Social Security
Our disability law firm has helped thousands of people win disability benefits, including people diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
We know how to collect the medical evidence you need to show Social Security that your symptoms—pain, fatigue, difficulty concentrating (“fibro fog”) and more—mean you can’t work and you deserve help.
And often, fibromyalgia goes along with other health problems you may be facing.
Showing you have a combination of serious medical conditions is another way to help you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.
An experienced disability lawyer can take everything into account that might help your claim—and mesh your situation with SSA’s many written rules and biases.
If the pain from your fibromyalgia is so intense that you can’t work, and it’s been diagnosed by a doctor, let us help.
Whether you need to apply for the first time or appeal a denial of benefits, our disability attorneys take the time to understand what you’re going through with fibromyalgia.
You shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll put food on the table when you’re already dealing with this.
Disability benefits can restore peace, dignity and a measure of independence to your life.