Fibromyalgia/Widespread Pain

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition in which a person experiences widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Fibromyalgia may cause symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sleep disorder, severe fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction.

Social Security looks at specific medical findings to determine whether your fibromyalgia is a severe impairment. Generally, you must show that you have had widespread pain for a period of time. Also, Social Security will look for evidence that you have pain or palpations in at least 11 of 18 tender point sites.

Social Security looks at how fibromyalgia affects your maximum physical ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your fibromyalgia, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your fibromyalgia might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If fibromyalgia interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, we can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from fibromyalgia fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your fibromyalgia, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of fibromyalgia, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP.

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