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.
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