Are you one of the millions of Americans dealing with fibromyalgia? It can be a painful condition. You may not even be able to work on a full-time basis for medical reasons. This raises an important question: Am I eligible for Social Security disability if I have fibromyalgia? The answer depends on your circumstances. That being said, it is certainly possible to qualify for SSDI for fibromyalgia. In this article, our Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney provides a detailed guide to the key things to know about applying for SSDI or SSI benefits for fibromyalgia.
As defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fibromyalgia is chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. Its exact cause remains unknown, but factors like genetics, infections, and physical or emotional trauma may contribute to its development. Managing fibromyalgia requires a multidisciplinary approach. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve quality of life.
You Can Qualify for Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia
If you have severe fibromyalgia that significantly impairs your ability to work, you may qualify for disability benefits through a Social Security disability (SSD) claim. Of course, it is not guaranteed. Not everyone with fibromyalgia is considered to be disabled. To be eligible, you must provide medical evidence confirming your diagnosis, demonstrate that your condition meets or equals the SSA’s criteria for disability, and show that your symptoms prevent you from performing substantial gainful activity.
Getting SSDI/SSI Benefits for Fibromyalgia Can Be Challenging (How to Prove Your Disability)
What do you need to show to prove that your fibromyalgia qualifies as a disability? It is an important question. The SSA has provided some general guidance for how these cases are handled. (SSR 12-2p: Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Fibromyalgia). An applicant with fibromyalgia should be ready to demonstrate:
- A documented history of both widespread and serious fibromyalgia pain;
- Reliable medical evidence that indicates that conditions/disorders other than fibromyalgia are not responsible for the pain; and
- A minimum of at least 11 pain points and/or six adverse physical or mental health complications.
Social Security disability claims are complicated—especially so with variable conditions such as fibromyalgia. Our Massachusetts SSDI & SSI lawyers have the skills and legal expertise to help you build a strong application and successfully navigate the process. Remember, medical evidence is key. To get benefits, you must prepare and submit a well-supported SSDI or SSI claim.
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At Social Security Law Group, our Massachusetts Social Security disability lawyers have helped more than 55,000 people secure their benefits. If you have any questions about applying for SSDI or SSI benefits for fibromyalgia, we are here to help. Contact us right away for a no cost, no obligation initial consultation and learn more about our online services. We handle Social Security disability claims throughout Massachusetts, including in Boston, Cambridge, Brockton, Fall River, Lowell, Worcester, and Springfield.