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Fibromyalgia As A Social Security Disability

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NAMPA, ID – Our Nampa Social Security Attorneys realize that fibromyalgia is hard for most people to understand.  There is no x-ray or MRI to show what is wrong with you.  You simply hurt all over and have difficulty functioning.  For this reason, many Social Security Disability attorneys found that judges would often tend to disregard fibromyalgia as a legitimate cause of disability.  Fortunately, Social Security came out with SSR-12-2p in July of 2012.  This new ruling helps to define a proper diagnosis for fibromyalgia and how it can be a disabling condition.

One of the most important things is that you are diagnosed by an acceptable medical source—this means a regular medical doctor or osteopathic doctor, NOT a physician assistant, chiropractor or other non-doctor.  It is also important that the doctor diagnosing you be your treating physician who you see regularly or you must be able to show that the doctor diagnosing you reviewed your medical history and conducted a physical exam.  Its also VERY important that your doctors notes reflect details that support a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

Social Security Attorney – Fibromyalgia Specific Criteria

There are two sets of criteria that Social Security can use to establish that you have fibromyalgia.

Criteria A

Social Security may find that you are disabled on the basis of your fibromyalgia if you can show ALL of the following:

  1. A history of widespread pain—pain in all quadrants of the body (on both the right and left side of the body AND above and below the waist).
  2. At least 11 of the 18 tender points. The doctor must find tender points in all quadrants of the body (on both the right and left side of the body AND above and below the waist).   In testing the tender points, the doctor needs to put about 9 pounds of pressure on the spot with his finger.  (9 pounds is enough to “blanch” or bend the first knuckle of the finger completely back.  The doctor may consider the point “tender” if the person has any pain when applying the right amount of pressure.
  3. There must be evidence that other causes of the symptoms have been ruled out.  Other causes of pain similar to fibromyalgia like symptoms can include rheumatologic disorders, myoficial pain syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatic, chronic Lyme disease and cervical hyperextension.  

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 Criteria B

Social Security may find that you are disabled on the basis of your fibromyalgia if you can show ALL of the following:

  1. A history of widespread pain—pain in all quadrants of the body (on both the right and left side of the body AND above and below the waist).
  2. Repeated manifestations of fibromyalgia symptom, signs or co-occurring conditions such as fatigue, cognitive or memory problems (“fibro fog”), waking unrefreshed, depression anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle pain, headache, cramps, dizziness, insomnia, depression, constipation, nausea, nervousness, chest pain, blurred vision, fever, diarrhea, dry mouth, itching, wheezing, Raynaud’s phenomenon, hives or welts, vomiting, loss of taste, seizures, dry eyes, loss of appetite, hair loss, bladder issues, etc.
  3. There must be evidence that other causes of the symptoms have been ruled out as in Criteria A(3) above.

What Kind Of Documentation Do You Need?

You need to have seen your doctor regularly and he or she needs to have detailed your symptoms in your medical records.  The longer you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the more often you have been to your doctor, the more credible your record will seem to Social Security.

In addition, letters from neighbors and friends, clergy, past employers, etc.  can be very helpful.  Your Social Security Disability Lawyers can help you by providing a memo for describing how to write a letter that will be the most effective.  A good local Nampa Social Security Attorney can also work with you to get the documentation you need from your doctor.  Fibromyalgia is not an easy illness for judges to get their minds around because there are no MRIs or X-rays that can explain why you are in so much pain.  But SSR-12-2p now provides Social Security Attorneys with the tools he or she needs to establish that you have a disability that meets Social Security Application guidelines. You can get a free consultation with a social security attorney in Nampa, Idaho – here.

Originally posted 2012-12-20 04:04:04.