August 23, 2013
In the past several decades, one of the leading causes for Social Security Disability claims has been chronic pain, with a leading cause of such pain being a disease known as fibromyalgia.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by pain in joints and muscles throughout the body. Other symptoms can include fatigue, memory and concentration issues, depression, and gastrointestinal issues.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be an extremely complex process though, because there is no single test that can confirm a patient has the condition. This lack of protocol in diagnosing the condition and determining if a patient is truly disabled prompted officials to enact SSR 12-2p in July of 2012. The law gives guidance in determining if a person is impaired due to fibromyalgia.
Several steps of diagnosing a fibromyalgia patient include checking for tenderness in 18 recognized tender spots, as well as confirming a patient has been experiencing pain for a minimum of three months. Testing will also be conducted to rule out other conditions.
If a patient is determined to have fibromyalgia, claims processors examine the treatments the patient has undergone and their success before issuing disability benefits.
The law firm’s team of attorneys are aware of how complex the process of receiving Social Security Disability Benefits can be for those suffering chronic pain. The firm is here to help anyone considering applying for benefits or who has had a claim denied in the past.
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