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Fibromyalgia Syndrome Disability Issues

The debilitating effects of Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, can leave sufferers bedridden and unable to perform their "normal" work duties. This often leads the patient to seek out disability benefits in hopes of providing some minimal level of income for their families and household.

The information provided in this section is intended to empower Fibromyalgia Syndrome sufferers to seek the disability benefits they deserve.

Use the information provided in this section to help guide you through the labyrinth of disability claim steps.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome insurance and disability issues
By Joshua W. Potter, Esq.
In this article, I review the claims process, with emphasis on the role of the physician. I discuss the kinds of information you may be asked to provide, the need for clear and objective statements rather than terse opinions, and the fact that the investment of a small amount of your time may be instrumental in your patient's being judged eligible for benefits. [ Tell Me More ]

Analysis of Functional Assesment Instruments for Disability/Rehabilitation Programs
A review of the Westat Protocol used for disability evauation by the Social Secuirty Administration
A subject with a musculoskeletal injury or disorder which causes pain may respond that they have no difficulty with the individual activities listed in section [c] such as reaching over the head, bending down to pick up an object, etc., if the subject perceives the question to be: can they perform this activity as a one time event? Yes, they can do this action although it may cause pain at the point of doing the activity or at some point post activity. However, required repetition of the activity or combined activities will multiply the effect to the point where the subject is unable to perform the activity due to severe pain. [ Tell Me More ]

Obtaining Disability Benefits - David versus Goliath?
By Disability Attorney Scott E. Davis
Remember the epic battle between David and Goliath? On paper, David clearly had no chance to win; fortunately his heart and soul did not know it and with determination, persistence, and divine intervention he prevailed! Ever wonder what might have happened if he was aware of his predicament? Would he have fought or ran the other way? Every day at the Social Security Administration (SSA), seemingly epic battles between disability claimants and SSA are fought. The Bounty? Disability benefits. [ Tell Me More ]

Disability Claim Preparation Checklist
If you are moderately affected by Fibromyalgia Syndrome you must be proactive - start applying for disability benefits. Some of these benefits can take months or years to obtain. Try to get an assistant or helper to do as much of the work as possible for you. Attending a support group can be very helpful. [ Tell Me More ]

FMS Information Resource Guide

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome and what are the symptoms? What research is being conducted on Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
How will my doctor diagnose Fibromyalgia Syndrome? Vitamins & supplements for Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
How common is
Fibromyalgia Syndrome?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome disability issues.
Is Fibromyalgia contagious? Tips on living with Fibromyalgia Syndrome.
What treatments are available for Fibromyalgia Syndrome? Return to FMS Information Resource Guide Index.