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Fibromyalgia: Work and Disability

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What if I'm not Approved for Disability?

It is common that fibromyalgia patients are not approved for disability, especially with the first application. If you are not approved, you'll have the right to appeal before a judge who specializes in these cases. Some patients with fibromyalgia find it necessary to have the help of an attorney during the appeal process. Although it may increase your costs, the chance your case will be approved is usually better if you have legal counsel.

 

What Type of Documentation Is Needed to Get Disability?

It's important to get detailed documentation -- reports -- from your doctors, including psychologists, at the onset of your illness. Have your doctors submit documentation of all prescribed medications, therapies, and lifestyle remedies necessary to resolve your fibromyalgia symptoms. You should also be evaluated by a fibromyalgia specialist, usually a rheumatologist. This doctor will give a detailed assessment of your impairment along with a list of the many tests and treatments used in your condition.

For further details on disability and the steps you must take, visit the Social Security web site or call the local Social Security office.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on June 06, 2013
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