Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that is characterized by severe aches and pains throughout a person’s muscles and bones. Often, the aches and pains are accompanied by memory loss, sleepiness and extreme fatigue and can seriously disrupt a person’s life, making even the most simple of tasks almost impossible to complete.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
There are several potential causes for fibromyalgia, however, most people develop the condition immediately following some kind of trauma, such as an injury, serous infection or surgery. Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Fibromyalgia may be further complicated by psychological factors such as anxiety and depression.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, there are treatments for the various symptoms of the condition such as depression, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and tension headaches. In addition to medication, stress-reduction techniques and certain exercises can help reduce some symptoms.
Should I Apply for Disability Benefits?
The answer is: IT DEPENDS. It depends on how the condition affects your ability to work a full time job and how it affects your ability to perform day-to-day activities. If your fibromyalgia is seriously limiting your ability to perform day-to-day activities, it might be time to apply for disability benefits. It may not be easy to qualify for benefits because fibromyalgia cannot be proven through visible means such as an MRI or X-ray. So it is very important that you are receiving regular medical care and reporting to your healthcare providers the severity of your symptoms and how these symptoms affect you every day.
Qualifying for Social Security disability benefits is difficult. You need to understand Social Security’s requirements and the disability process. Order a free copy of my Unofficial Guide to Social Security Disability Claims on this site.
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