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Fibromyalgia is a tricky condition when it comes to obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because it’s technically considered a “syndrome,” identifiable by its symptoms but with no real traceable source. While this makes treatment difficult to prescribe, there are official guidelines medical caregivers can follow to make a more definitive diagnosis.
Some experts believe fibromyalgia has to do with nerves sending faulty signals throughout the body. Others believe patients simply have too many nerve fibers, causing an increased sensitivity to pain.
Unfortunately, due to its complicated nature, many physicians list fibromyalgia as a diagnosis if they have exhausted their list of probable causes – whether the patient’s condition has been confirmed by a licensed rheumatologist or not. For this reason, it has developed a degree of skepticism from Administrative Law judges and other Social Security decision makers.
Researchers are working to develop more definitive testing methods and treatments to alleviate symptoms and make life easier for those debilitated by this condition. But in the meantime, to improve your likelihood of getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits, it’s best to have an evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan not only from your primary care physician, but from a rheumatologist.
Along with the proper medical care and thorough documentation of your fibromyalgia diagnosis, retaining a Social Security Disability Attorney can give your case its best chance for success. The team of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, has extensive experience through all the ins and outs of the process and can ensure that every base is covered and no stone goes unturned.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law