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How Does Social Security Disability, SSI Look at Fibromyalgia?

How Does Social Security, SSI Disability Look at Fibromyalgia? ​Social Security bases a lot of their evaluation of fibromyalgia on a person's medical treatment. A doctor needs to have reviewed the person's medical history, examined the person and done sufficient testing to eliminate other possible medical conditions that could be causing a patient's symptoms. SSR 12-2p. The medical records need to document a history of widespread pain and there needs to be at least 11 out of 18 tender points found on examination. SSR12-2p. They will also consider the presence of other symptoms often associated with fibromyalgia such as fatigue; cognitive problems; memory problems; difficulty sleeping; depression; anxiety; or irritable bowel syndrome.SSR 12-2p. Susan O'Malley board certified social security disability specialist ​Social Security is trying to determine whether the symptoms of Fibromyalgia interfere will a person's ability to work on a regular and continuous basis. Social Security defines a regular and continuous basis as eight hours a day five days a week or an equivalent schedule. SSR 96-8p. It may be helpful to keep a diary of the Fibromyalgia flare-ups. This diary can be shared with the doctor to let them know how the symptoms fluctuate. It may help with treatment. It can also be submitted to Social Security as evidence of how often Fibromyalgia would interfere with a person's ability to go to work. If the Fibromyalgia has resulted in depression or anxiety, it would be helpful to seek treatment from a mental health professional. A mental health professional's insight into the depression or anxiety can also be helpful in understanding why the symptoms interfere with a person's ability to work. Maintaining continuous treat to the best of your ability is also recommended. Fibromyalgia is largely evaluated on the basis of medical records. If there is less treatment, it can make establishing disability more difficult. If you have suffered with fibromyalgia and can no longer work, call O'Malley Tunstall today to speak with someone on Susan O'Malley's team.

Super Lawyers Rising Star Personal Injury in North Carolina 2013: Joe Tunstall

Joe Tunstall was named to North Carolina's Super Lawyer North Carolina Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in North Carolina for 2013 in the area of Personal Injury.  Joe was also named to the list in 2012. Super Lawyer Rising Star -- Joe Tunstall Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the eligible lawyers in the state receive this honor.  Joe a native of Washington, NC lives in Tarboro with his wife Lisa and daughter Lilly and practices in the area of personal injury, workers' compensation and social security disability. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. The Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  For more information about Super Lawyers, go to http://www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina/ .  For Joe Tunstall's Rising Star profile click Joe Tunstall Rising Star Super Lawyer.  The first Super Lawyers list was published in 1991 and by 2009 the rating service had expanded nationwide.  In February 2010 Super Lawyers was acquired by Thomson Reuters the world's leading source of intelligent information for business and professionals. Joe Tunstall is glad to review or discuss your personal injury or workers' compensation claims.  

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