Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
In cases involving fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) there are some very distinct obstacles to overcome in establishing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In part, this is because the extent of severe fatigue and constant pain cannot necessarily be viewed through the lenses of a microscope, or on an X-ray.
Consequently, it is imperative that all of your medical records demonstrate a consistency of complaints common to your disease, such as the severe pain associated with your illness. This will help establish a specific pattern regarding your debilitating illness that will be apparent when the SSA reviews your case.
In order to establish a claim for Social Security Disability, it is necessary to establish proof of your medical disability. Remember, the Social Security Administration is focused on function, not on diagnosis.
Therefore, in all disability claims involving fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), it is important to document how this debilitating disease impacts your daily life by making you unable to function or to perform ordinary tasks.
In fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) claims, the clinical notes and a report by the treating rheumatologist are the most important. A 1996 decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals established that a rheumatologist should consistently document the positive findings for the tender points, which are diagnostic for this disease.
Additionally, the patient should be complaining at each office visit of the severe fatigue and constant pain that are consistent with this condition. A report that establishes that all other causes for the symptoms have been ruled out helps establish the existence of the disease.
To further establish your claim, you will need to show that due to the constant physical fatigue, you are unable to perform basic tasks such as housework, travel to and from appointments, shopping, and other social functions.
Often depression becomes an issue because of the severe changes in lifestyle and ability. Treatment notes and reports from a psychiatrist or psychologist will help document the severity of this problem for your Social Security Disability claim.
We Understand Your Concerns
At the law firm of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd., located in Des Plaines, Illinois, and serving SSDI and SSI claimants in Chicago, Illinois, and nationally, we understand that in addition to knowledge and experience, clients also need a supportive and comfortable environment in which to discuss their concerns.
We know how difficult it can be to grapple with colossal medical and governmental systems such as the Social Security Administration, especially when you are already struggling with the symptoms of a debilitating illness. And, establishing the validity of your claim can be extremely time-consuming.
However, it is essential that the medical professionals associated with your case are supportive during the process, and that they provide the documentation that is necessary to assist you in proving your claim. Based on our familiarity with the process, we will be able to facilitate the vital cooperation and support you will need from your medical providers.
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We have helped many other clients in the successful pursuit of their claims for Social Security Disability benefits due to the devastating effects of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) on their lives, and we can help you, too. Isn’t it time you gave us a call?