Fibromyalgia pain can be a crippling condition that leaves patients who can no longer work in desperate need of disability benefits. However, it can be more difficult to be approved for disability benefits for fibromyalgia patients because of the somewhat subjective nature of the condition.
Those applying for disability because of fibromyalgia pain can use the following tips to increase the chances that their disability claim will be approved:
Carefully document your diagnosis and treatment
When you're applying for disability benefits, it's important to show that you've been putting every possible effort into recovery. Your doctor should only diagnose the condition after a thorough physical exam.
A fibromyalgia diagnosis will generally include various lab tests, medical records, and doctor reports that will need to be submitted along with your application. In particular, a FM/a blood test is an important test to have performed when fibromyalgia is the suspected cause of debilitating pain. This test will show that certain markers are present in a patient's immune system if that patient is suffering from fibromyalgia. Carefully gathering and organizing documentation related to such tests is a vital step in the process of being approved for benefits.
Even after you're diagnosed, a record of regular appointments is important. This record will show that you're doing all you can to prevent your fibromyalgia pain from interfering with your work demands.
Go to a specialist
Specialists like rheumatologists, neurologists, and orthopedists are the best qualified to treat fibromyalgia cases. It's also a good idea for patients suffering from fibromyalgia pain to be seen by a therapist or psychologist who can evaluate the psychological aspects of the condition.
Arranging for a consultation and treatment from the appropriate specialists will show that you're devoted to getting back to work as soon as possible despite your fibromyalgia symptoms.
Study approval criteria
There's a great deal of information on the Internet regarding how fibromyalgia cases are evaluated by the Social Security Administration. You need to familiarize yourself with evaluation criteria if you want to have a good chance of being approved for benefits.
According to the Social Security Administration, fibromyalgia entails pain that is spread throughout various parts of the body, notably the joints, tendons, muscles, and softer tissues. This pain will have to have persisted for three months or more to qualify an individual for benefits.
When preparing your case, find out everything you can about these criteria so that you'll have the best chances of approval. Contact Iler and Iler for more information.