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Fibromyalgia Disability Claims: Things To Consider Before Filing a Disability Insurance Application

Published: 2011-06-29 - Updated: 2016-03-20
Author: Gregory Dell | Contact: diattorney

Synopsis: Helpful information regarding Fibromyalgia a chronic illness and filing a disability Insurance application.

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There is an illness that affects many people all over the United States. If you were to pass one of the people with this illness on the street, you would think that they were perfectly healthy. They do not look any different from other people. They have no symptoms which are obvious to the casual observer. They look like any normal person without health problems.


But if you were to look closer, you might notice the person's careworn face, the bags under their eyes thanks to lack of sleep, and the subtle grimace of pain that is on their face.

These are the victims of Fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes pain all over the patient's body. Although it's not certain why it is that some people contract Fibromyalgia, there are some theories that there are contributing factors.

Testing for Fibromyalgia

When a doctor, usually a rheumatologist, suspects that someone may have Fibromyalgia, one of the things that they will do is to run group of blood tests on the person to rule out other things. Even though there isn't a blood test for Fibromyalgia, the symptoms that a person who has Fibromyalgia can be due to other illnesses that should be ruled out before the doctor tests the person for Fibromyalgia.

One of the tests that a doctor is going to do is a simple trigger point test involves the doctor applying pressure on different parts of the patient's body. These areas usually do not cause a person pain when pressure is applied to someone who does not have fibromyalgia, but for someone who has it, it's very painful. There are 18 trigger points bilaterally on the body that a doctor will test, and usually a person who experiences pain or tenderness in at least 11 of the points will classify as a fibromyalgia patient.

Symptoms and Problems Associated With Fibromyalgia

Although most people associate pain with the illness of Fibromyalgia, this is not the only problem that people with Fibromyalgia suffer, although that in itself is bad enough.


One of the things that many people who suffer from Fibromyalgia have is fatigue. This fatigue is due to three main things that Fibromyalgia patients have to deal with on a daily basis.

Cognitive problems

A second item that many people with Fibromyalgia have problems with is cognitive dysfunction, or something that many people who have Fibromyalgia call 'fibro fog'. What this means is that they have trouble remembering things, much like an older person. They have trouble finding the words they want when they are going to say something, they have trouble reading and understanding, and they can space out from time to time. There have been speculations in the medical community that this may be caused by the lack of sleep that a patient with Fibromyalgia is able to get.

Digestive problems

Doctors have discovered that many people who have Fibromyalgia also have something known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This disorder causes different kinds of symptoms that vary from person to person. However, some of the most common symptoms that a patient with Fibromyalgia may have are:

Facts about Fibromyalgia

Medications often used for Fibromyalgia

Many of the patients who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia find that it's difficult to work a regular job, although they wish to have a normal life and be able to have gainful employment. But there are quite a few reasons why Fibromyalgia patients find that it's hard to work.

Because many patients with the illness find that it's hard to work, they will usually try for long-term disability. But many times, they are rejected due to the fact that some disability companies don't believe that Fibromyalgia is a real disease.

But there are some tips that patients with Fibromyalgia can use in order to increase their chances of getting long-term disability.

Even though Fibromyalgia is thought of as a pain condition, there is so much more that is involved. Patients with Fibromyalgia suffer digestive problems, cognitive problems, depression, and fatigue. They wake up every day not knowing how they are going to feel that day. It interrupts the patient's idea of a normal life, it frustrates them, and it upsets them because not only are they unable to work but they can't do anything fun either.

Patients with Fibromyalgia are often frustrated, depressed, and angry because they have this disease. They are not being lazy when they are trying to get long-term disability. They are simply trying to get some money so that they can take care of their family and have money to make ends meet while at the same time dealing with a painful and debilitating disease.

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