There is no gold standard test for chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. The diagnosis is based, in part, on subjective complaints. Many disability carriers have position papers on chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia that dispute the existence of these conditions, discount the subjective symptoms and reject any notion of disability.
That is why it is crucial that you have an attorney who understands chronic fatigue syndrome fibromyalgia and knows how to gather the necessary medical and vocational evidence required to approve a claim.
Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood medical condition that doctors once thought was “all in the head” of the patient. The American College of Rheumatology developed criteria for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia that includes widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body that has lasted for at least three months, 11 out of 18 trigger points and other symptoms that are typically seen.
These symptoms can include:
The American College of Rheumatology approved another set of guidelines in 2010 that includes widespread pain and a scale to measure the severity of symptoms. Physicians may use one or both tests in making the diagnosis.
Many carriers ultimately acknowledge a diagnosis of fibromyalgia but contend it is not disabling. A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) or other tests may provide objective evidence of how fibromyalgia affects your ability to work on both a physical and a cognitive basis.
Like fibromyalgia, there is no known cause or gold standard test for a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). The nine official signs and symptoms include:
It is crucial that you provide the result of a Functional Capacity Evaluation or cognitive testing that objectively documents your functional limitations.
Many chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia claims are denied because the disability insurance company says:
Nancy Cavey, who has 35 years experience handling disability cases, has successfully represented many policyholders with chronic fatigue syndrome fibromyalgia. She overcomes a claims denial by working closely with you and your physician.
If you are ready to file a disability application and want to improve your chances of getting disability benefits, or if your claim for chronic fatigue syndrome fibromyalgia disability benefits has been denied, it is time to call Nancy Cavey.
She offers a free initial consultation and welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your disability claim.
Chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia can make it difficult, if not impossible, to do things around your home and work. If you no longer can work or your doctor has told you to apply for disability before you apply for benefits, you should:
Getting these things in order before the application, as well as hiring an experienced disability attorney, will ensure a smoother process when filing your fibromyalgia disability benefits claim.
Fibromyalgia is a medically determinable impairment which will be recognized by the Social Security Administration if diagnosed by a licensed physician who uses the American College of Rheumatology Criteria for the classification of fibromyalgia.
Additionally, the Social Security Administration will also consider medical evidence pursuant to SSR 06-3p. The Social Security Administration will look at your medical records and will take a longitudinal view of your treatment notes and your symptoms. That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to give an accurate description to your physician of the difficulties that you are having between each visit so that those difficulties are reflected in your medical records.
The Social Security Administration doesn’t make it easy for those who suffer from fibromyalgia to get the Social Security Disability benefits that they deserve. If you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and your physician tells you that you are no longer able to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Contact fibromyalgia disability attorney Nancy Cavey today to learn more!
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that describes symptoms that are characterized by complaints of widespread pain, decreased pain threshold, non-restorative sleep, fatigue, stiffness, mood disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome, and headaches.
The American College of Rheumatology established criteria for the classification of Fibromyalgia. There are two criteria, these are:
There is no definite laboratory or a diagnostic test that can confirm the presence of this disease and as a result, it is largely based on self-reported symptoms.
Chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work. You owe it to yourself and your family to get help today! Nancy Cavey can review your policy and your medical records, and explain to you what your policy says and how to get your disability benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation at 727-894-3188.