Seeking Disability Benefits for People With Fibromyalgia
If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you may be wondering whether you are eligible to receive Social Security disability (SSD) or SSI benefits. If your diagnosis is uncertain, you may be particularly concerned about whether you can prove that you have a disability.
At The Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, we are experienced at helping clients with fibromyalgia pursue disability benefits. We serve clients in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, and throughout western, central and upstate New York. Contact us for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer.
Keeping Track of the Latest Legal and Medical Developments
Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that impacts the body's ability to process pain and certain other stimuli. There are a number of symptoms of fibromyalgia, but not everyone with the disease will experience all the symptoms. The most common symptoms include:
- Chronic muscle and joint pain and stiffness
- Pain caused by light pressure
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Memory and concentration problems (brain fog)
- Fatigue, insomnia and disturbed sleep
- Depression and anxiety
The causes of fibromyalgia — like chronic fatigue syndrome — have yet to be explained by medical science. For that reason, some doctors still claim that it does not exist.
However, most of the medical community now accepts the existence of fibromyalgia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit — which includes New York — has recognized that it qualifies as a disability for purposes of Social Security disability benefits.
Documenting the Limitations on Your Ability to Work
Severe fibromyalgia can make it impossible for you to hold down a job by limiting your ability to do basic day-to-day tasks. If your fibromyalgia has advanced to this level, you may be eligible for disability benefits. We can guide you through the application process.
It is difficult to prove that you have fibromyalgia. There is no blood test that can detect it. Instead, you need a clear and extensive medical record documenting the symptoms. Our attorneys will work with your doctor to make sure your records are sufficient.
Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss what we can do to help you pursue the benefits you deserve for your fibromyalgia-related disability.