Social Security Disability: Fibromyalgia

The Difficulty of Fibromyalgia Claims

Fibromyalgia is not an approved impairment defined by the Social Security Administration. That does not mean that people with fibromyalgia cannot obtain SSD benefits, but it does make it more difficult. One factor that adds to the challenge of pursuing benefits on the basis of fibromyalgia is that many of the symptoms are subjective. Social Security examiners often do not understand the effects of chronic fatigue and pain endured by those suffering from fibromyalgia. That makes it critical to have thorough documentation by a specialist.

Fibromyalgia can affect each individual differently, and the ability to manage certain symptoms varies between each person. Some of the symptoms that frequently affect our clients' ability to work when suffering from fibromyalgia include:

    • Multiple tender points (11 of 18 tender points)
    • Widespread deep muscle pain
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Sleep problems
    • Depression
    • Irritable bowel

While many people are able to manage their pain, fatigue, and other symptoms and still work a regular job, for others, this can seem impossible. If you have tried job after job, only to keep finding that the effects of your fibromyalgia make it far too difficult to maintain regular employment, you should consider filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

The Social Security Administration relies on criteria issued by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to determine if an applicant has fibromyalgia. Our SSD lawyers understand the documentation necessary to effectively present your SSD claim or appeal. We are determined to help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve for this type of disability.

Contact Our Pittsburgh Chronic Pain And Disability Attorneys

Dugan & Associates, P.C. can advocate for your best interests. Call 412-353-3572 or toll free 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N, or contact our law firm online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced disability and fibromyalgia attorney in Pittsburgh.