Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that leaves many of its victims unable to work. Unfortunately, the symptoms vary for each patient and the cause of the illness is not yet understood, which makes receiving Social Security benefits difficult.
As a result, many patients file for Social Security disability and are denied because the evidence they provide isn’t sufficient enough. Additionally, they are turned away because the Social Security claims examiners often do not understand the disease.
Increasing Your Chances of Receiving Social Security
Fortunately, you may be able to increase your chances of receiving Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Here’s how:
- See a specialist. Family doctors often label those in pain as having fibromyalgia, often because they can’t find any other diagnosis. However, if you see a specialist such as an orthopedist or rheumatologist and receive the same diagnosis, it may carry more weight and the claims examiner may give you the Social Security you need.
- Make sure the diagnosis is in your record. Oftentimes, doctors will mention to their patients that they may have fibromyalgia, but never write it in their records. Ensure that your medical records contain this information before you file for Social Security. Attempting to receive disability without actually having the diagnosis is a sure way to receive a denial.
An Experienced Attorney Can Also Help
If you are still denied Social Security benefits for your fibromyalgia, the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help. We understand just how painful this condition is and that working with it is nearly impossible. We encourage you to contact us today through our online chat feature or by giving us a call to find out what we can do for you.
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