Fibromyalgia and Disability, What You Must know...

Discover!, Must Know Facts About Fibromyalgia And Social Security Benefits!

Is Fibro a real condition, "Must-have" Ingredients For A Strong SSDI Case based on Fibromyalgia, Treatment options and more..

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Many have expressed their frustration in trying to get family, friends and doctors to understand your fibromyalgia.  This course will help you better  communicate your condition but most importantly help convince Social Security you can not work because of fibro and qualify for disability income.

The root of the communication challenge with fibromyalgia is most people with fibromyalgia appear to be physically fine.  However, on the inside they are in absolute agony.... (suffering from flu-like symptoms 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with pain that prevents sitting and standing for only minutes at a time ....

To sum it up, fibromyalgia can really control your life and because of the lack of physical evidence. Others don't understand it. You are going to learn some priceless tips to help you prove it.... 

Despite the fact that fibromyalgia is now recognized as a debilitating condition by Social Security, the misunderstanding still looms large and the experts say that presenting your Social Security Disability claim based exclusively on or in part can't work at all because of fibromyalgia has had limited success of being awarded. 

     This is exactly why I have put together this disability and fibromyalgia course.  If you are not convinced that it works, just read/listen to some of those that applied the principles on the right side of this page.
To maximize the chances of winning your disability income, the first steps are to understand how the medical community and Social Security view fibromyalgia and then learn how to present your diagnosis based on the current guidelines.

Is Fibro a Real Condition?

Yes, it is. The American College of Rheumatology recognizes fibromyalgia as a real medical condition that can be diagnosed and proven to be debilitating based on specific criteria. 

Fibromyalgia often occurs along with other medical conditions such as lupus and arthritis, and many members this web site believe their fibro was the result of a major physical injury ..

The medical community views it to be distinct from from other medical conditions, thus treating or curing the symptoms of lupus or arthritis.  In most instances, it does not guarantee a cure for fibromyalgia.

Getting Diagnosed with Fibro

According to the American College of Rheumatology you may have fibromyalgia (diagnostic criteria) if...

 1.) You have a history of widespread pain that has been present for at least three months. 

Pain is considered to be "widespread" when all of the following are present: pain in both sides of the body, pain above and below the waist,

2.) "Axial" skeletal pain (pain of the cervical spine, anterior chest, thoracic spine, or low back).

3.) Pain present in 11 of 18 "tender point sites," identified by the physician’s palpation (light pressing with the hands).

If you meet the above American College of Rheumatologycriteria criteria you should be able to get diagnosed with fibromyalgia..

How To Win Your Social Security
Disability Benefits For Fibro

Although the Social Security is complex, there's
just two ways they evaluate disability cases:
1. By comparing your medical condition to a medical condition described in the Social Security Medical Listing of Impairments (see link below) and

2. If there's a common sense way of evaluating the overall effect of your symptoms and your ability to work.
Because Social Security currently does not have a "medical listing" for fibromyalgia, disability claims are based on fibromyalgia be successfully presented as a case that proves you cannot do any job in the United States economic system on a regular and continuous basis due to your fibromyalgia-related impairments.

Social Security defines "work" as an eight hour a day, five-day a week endeavor. As in most Social Security Disability claims, the judge's (referred to as “ALJs”) decision really boils down to whether or not he or she believes that you can perform the basic functions of work (sitting, standing, walking, lifting, concentrating, interacting appropriately with people encountered in the workplace, etc.). 

The fact that ayou can only perform these basic functions sporadically, but not consistently, is the key ingredient for the large majority of successful Social Security Disability claims. 

An example of what this all boils down to is you need to communicate how the fibromyalgia impacts many areas of your life, inflicting severe pain and flu-like symptoms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,  dictating one's life. 

And, as a result you, would not be able to meet the basic demands of even nonphysical, low stress jobs.

Another way to think about disability us to imagine the easiest job that exists. Perhaps...

  • a ticket taker a movie theatre

  • a hand packer

  • a surveillance system monitor watcher

  • a textile inspector on an assembly line

  • a parking lot attendant

  • a greeter at Wal-Mart

Each of these jobs can be performed sitting down most of the time in non-pressured surroundings.

Would you be able to perform this job five days a week, eight hours a day? It doesn't matter that you have never done this type of work before. It doesn't matter that this type of job would bore you. Nor does it matter that you cannot drive and could not get to a work site.

Despite the fact that you may be saying to yourself "I qualify," a word of caution is that fibromyalgia cases are sometimes difficult because some doctors and many Social Security judges don't understand the severity of fibro.

    To win your claim, it is critical to build a strong case by documenting your impairments as thoroughly as possible. The goal is to convince even a skeptic
    that your impairments prevent you from doing any job in the United States economic system.

    Of course, there is no guarantee of victory, and your chances of success at the appeals level are better when the medical condition has been thoroughly presented.

    The challenge in presenting fibromyalgia cases is the fact that the diagnosis has become general and, in the opinion of many, misused. 

    Specifically, it seems though fibromyalgia sometimes becomes the diagnosis when doctors have not been able to pin point the source of a patient's complaints of pain, thus getting the reputation of a "catch-all" diagnosis.

    This "catch-all" reputation has fueled a lot of the skepticism that Social Security Disability claims based on fibromyalgia are sometimes met with.  

    The encouraging news is a well documented case and presented to the ALJ in such a way to prove you cannot work is going to maximize your chances for winning. 

    "Must-have" Ingredients For A Strong SSDI Case Based On Fibromyalgia

    1. Communicating Your Conditions

    Most seeking Social Security Disability make the critical mistake of describing their condition exclusively in terms of how terrible they feel and 
    the pain they are in....This is a BIG mistake that will get your application denied... 

    It's not that pain and how you feel is an a nonissue, but these complaints of pain must be described specifically in how they limit your ability to do any job.

    For example, most people with fibromyalgia

    • are not able to sit for more than 20 minutes

    • are not able to stand for more than 30 minutes

    • experience flu-like symptoms 24/7

    • take extended periods of time to-do simple tasks IE, hand preparing dinner, washing dishes, climbing stairs 

    • poor sleep patterns,  wake unrested

    Often, other medical problems are present with the chronic pain. To prepare your case, it's crucial that these additional symptoms and complaints be described in detail.

    It is suggested you don't try to commit this to memory but rather document and describe all your symptoms in a
    daily a pain journal.  

    The American College of Rheumatology created awareness of the multiple symptom syndrome in a
    study that showed 100% of people with fibromyalgia also complained of muscle pain.

    In addition to this, a large percentage of these in the study described numerous other medical symptoms in addition to pain, like:

    • fatigue (96%)

    • difficulty sleeping (86%)

    • pain in the joints (72%)

    • headaches (60%)

    • restless legs (56%)

    • numbness and tingling in the extremities (52%)

    • impaired memory (46%)

    • leg cramps (42%)

    • decreased concentration (41%)

    • nervousness (32%),

    • major" depression (20%)

    It's crucial that you describe in detail any symptoms you have in addition to your pain. You will be asked to describe your major symptoms in the SSDI application.  If you have to go in front of a judge at at a hearing, you'll be asked questions designed to explain all of your severe medical symptoms. 

    It may be that you've become accustom to dealing with symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and  depression and think of them as normal when these symptoms could be connected with your fibromyalgia.

    2. It is possible to win your claim with only the  diagnosis of fibromyalgia from your primary care provider, but your case is much stronger and stands a better chance if you are treated by a specialist in addition to a senior primary care doctor . 

    So, the tip here is to get the best treatment possible. For treating fibromyalgia, a rheumatologist is appropriate, and his treatment is more likely to have a positive impact on your case than treatment from your primary care doctor.

        (For a List of Good Fibro Doctors, see link below)

    If you are uninsured and need to pay out-of-pocket
    with limited financial resources, then inquire with your local Center for Independent Living (CIL) to learn if there are free treatment programs or clinics in your area that you can take advantage of.   Consistent treatment of any kind is better than no treatment. 

    (To learn about free treatment options, see the CIL link below.) 

    Depression and Anxiety 

    Depression and Anxiety are some of the many problems a person with fibromyalgia will often experience.  After all, who is going to be happy about not feeling well and being out of work ....   .
    If this is you or you think it may be you, it's  important that these conditions be appropriately 
    diagnosed and treatment by a mental-health professional such as a counselor, therapist, or psychiatrist because it can strengthen your case.

    My goal in researching fibro and disability and in
    providing you this mini course is to give you the confidence that Social Security Disability claims for  Fibromyalgia can be won and that you will see the value in completing this course to learn all about how to build a strong case to maximize your chances of winning.

    Here are the mentioned fibro and disability Resources: 

      The Good Fibro Doctor list    

    Free treatment options (CIL)

    Thanks so very much for putting your faith in me, I won't let you down!


    Brian Therrien
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    Sacramento CA
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    I have been reading some of your e-mails and listening to the recorded calls and learned the main thing is give them everything you can, be straight about why you can no longer function, and then back it up with dates, Dr's, medical records, tests, days missed work, how many times and etc. SS. loves lots of paperwork, especially if it help them to see your problems and why you can no longer work.
    Brian Thanks if you did not have that message in there I may still be waiting. Brian tell your people give Social Security more then what's needed and be sure to keep copies, I had to answer some of their question three times! 


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