Fibromyalgia syndrome is a complex and often misunderstood medical condition. For the sufferer, the road to a diagnosis can be long and difficult. It’s possible that you first heard about the condition on the platform of a famous struggler, such as Lady Gaga or Morgan Freeman, before your doctor mentioned it to you.
Doctors only diagnose Fibromyalgia when you’ve experienced consistent, widespread pain and other symptoms for more than three months and all other medical conditions have been ruled out. The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, and there is no one test to determine its presence.
For the working individual experiencing chronic fatigue, pain and brain fog, filing for disability can seem like the only option—at least until you get your symptoms under control. However, Fibromyalgia can be a difficult disability claim to get approved.
Why are Fibromyalgia claims so challenging?
- Filing for disability benefits is a complex and intensive process, requiring time and energy. Someone with Fibromyalgia is most likely lacking in energy due to the fatigue associated with the condition. The paperwork and forms required are stressful, which may aggravate the already painful condition. An experienced attorney can assist you with the filing process, doing the bulk of the work for you.
- Employers sometimes deny Fibromyalgia disability claims. A diagnosis is not enough to guarantee you receive benefits. You will need a variety of documents to support your case and, even then, you may have to appeal the insurance company’s decision. A denial is not final. A qualified ERISA attorney can assist you in pursuing the benefits you need.
Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition for many. If it’s affecting your ability to work, you have every right to apply for and receive the disability benefits offered by your employer.