It took me over 5yrs but I finally got it.

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Post  CEBULSKI on Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:21 pm

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Post  CABALLEROS on Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:05 pm

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Fibromayalgia Disability Information

Post  SocialSecurityDisability on Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:43 am

If an individual is disabled and can no longer work because of Fibromyalgia, that person may be entitled to disability benefits under Social Security Disability. Unfortunately, there is no listing for Fibromyalgia in Social Security’s guide to disabling conditions (also known as the “Blue Book”), so proving total disability and achieving disability benefits because of an FM diagnosis can be difficult because there are no specific criteria for approval.

If possible, it is in a claimant’s best interest to apply for disability benefits on the basis of Fibromyalgia in conjunction with other disabling conditions such as Degenerative Disc Disease or Rheumatoid Arthritis, mainly due to the fact that diagnoses of FM are quite difficult to make accurately. As a result, the Disability Determination Services (DDS) that decide to accept or reject Social Security Disability applications are often skeptical of medical professionals using Fibromyalgia as a catchall diagnosis for symptoms of chronic pain. In addition, the DDS will often place much greater value on a Fibromyalgia diagnosis made by a medical specialist, such as an orthopedist or rheumatologist (doctors who focus on bone or tissue disorders), than on one made by a family doctor, general practitioner, or mental health professional.

Lastly, it is imperative that an individual applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) makes sure to communicate with his or her doctor to ensure that the Fibromyalgia diagnosis is explicitly contained in the medical records before proceeding with a disability application. In many cases, enlisting the help of medical and legal professionals to help ensure that all necessary materials are present to completely and accurately support a Fibromyalgia disability case can greatly increase a claimant’s chances for approval.
Your Fibromyalgia Disability Case

If you are disabled because of a Fibromyalgia disability that prevents you from working, you may well be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Although total disability based on a Fibromyalgia condition can be difficult to prove compared to other disabling conditions, working closely with medical professionals and a qualified disability attorney or advocate to collect and present the appropriate documentation to support your disability claim in front of the Disability Determination Services (DDS) can help to ensure that your Fibromyalgia disability case will have the highest possible chance of success.

Check out this website to answer any other Fibromyalgia questions you have, and help guide you through the SSDI application process.

http://www.socialsecuritydisability.tv/social-security-disabling-conditions/fibromyalgia


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Re: It took me over 5yrs but I finally got it.

Post  flwrchild on Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:48 pm

Wow! This is great information. Thank you so much for sharing. I might have to go this route if I don't get anywhere with my disability benefits.
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Re: It took me over 5yrs but I finally got it.

Post  lissayoung on Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:31 pm

Thank you for the information. I'm glad you finally got help!
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It took me over 5yrs but I finally got it.

Post  Suzee on Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:51 pm

I was told I had RSD in 1990. I could no longer work in a nursing home as a nurses aide due to a job injury. After my workmens comp ran out I was fighting for my SSD. Then my husband passed away suddenly at the age of 38. We had 2 sons. I started receiveing surviors benifits for being a widow with 2 minor child at home. So I could not be approved for SSD. I received more for being a widow than I would have for SSD. When my benifits were running out I started to apply for SSD. Then they told me I couldn't get it because I haven't worked for the past required time. (of course they didn't tell me about that before) So I applied for SSI. After a few years for fighting for it a friend of mine who is a constable told me to get letters from my family members and friends who have know what I had gone thru and how my illnesses have effected me. Then to contact our local state gov reps to help me with my fight. So I did that. The state rep sent me forms to fill out they contacted the SSA and within 2 months I had a hearing with the administration judge. The hearing lasted about 5 minutes. The judge said after reading my files he could not beleive that I had been denied my benifits in the begining. He not only approved my benifits he gave me 8mths back pay. It took me a long time to get it. But I am grateful for the help of my state reps. I highly recommend people to use their local reps. Get letters from family memebers friends, anyone who knew you before you became ill and after. Have them write about exp they may have had helping you, even seeing you at your worst. I know it is embrassing when we have to have people help us in anyway. But if this is what it takes to get what is only fair to us I say do it.

My one local rep told me after I thanked him for all his help that that is what they are here for. People with disabilities need to know that they can help us with many things. Don't be afraid to ask for the help.
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