Fibromyalgia may result in a social security disability claim

Many Portland area residents suffer from a often misunderstood condition named fibromyalgia. Workers who suffer from fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders may become unable to work and may be eligible to file a social security disability claim for their injuries.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is characterized by long-term pain throughout the body. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but fibromyalgia has been linked to issues such as chronic tiredness, sleep issues, depression, and anxiety, among other things.

There are 18 fibromyalgia tender-point sites also known as “trigger points.” People who experience pain or tenderness around at least 11 of the 18 trigger points can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is just one of many disorders that may prevent a person from working. Other physical and psychological medical conditions proven to be disabling include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back, Neck, Hip, Knee injury conditions
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cancer, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Leukemia
  • Cardiovascular, heart disease
  • Mental disorders
  • Diabetes & associated neuropathies
  • Epilepsy, seizure disorder
  • Parkinson’s disease

Workers with physical and mental disorders should consult with an experienced Social Security attorney to evaluate their particular situation.

If a worker becomes disabled due to a physical or mental disorder, that worker may be eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits. Disability benefits are available to disabled workers who have worked and paid into the national disability insurance system.

Despite American workers’ familiarity with Social Security Retirement benefits, the Social Security disability insurance benefits system is confusing to many. An experienced Social Security disability attorney can assist a disabled worker in obtaining a medical evaluation and getting the worker the benefits that the worker deserves.

Source:, “Diagnosing, treating fibromyalgia pain at AZ Pain Centers,” Natalie Rivers, 3/15/11

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