Just some insight

Just some insight (based on working with many Fibromyalgia patients) re: applying for Disability with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. It is VERY difficult to win a claim for disability with this diagnosis for a number of reasons. First of all, many physicians do not believe it is a legitimate medical condition.

Secondly, many people diagnosed with Fibro do not meet the diagnostic criteria as set by the American Academy of Pain Management (I think; it’s been a while since I worked exclusively with Fibro patients). Thirdly, it is a “diagnosis of exclusion”; if you have been worked up for everything else (lupus, MS, etc) THEN you are given the diagnosis of Fibro. Here is the link to the National Fibromyalgia Association:


There is a lot of info here that should help you. Just remember, there is a lot of info on Fibro on the Internet and I have heard of several people saying their claims were denied because “you could have just looked up the symptoms on the Internet and now you say you have them.” Here is another link that I believe has forums and chat areas: http://www.fmnetnews.com/pages/basics.html.

I would try to find some support groups and see if any of the members have had success with disability claims. I don’t want to discourage you in your pursuit of the claim, just want you to be as prepared as possible for your next application. One warning: Fibromyalgia is the “hot” diagnosis in medical litigation right now and there are many attorneys out there who claim to be able to help you with your claim. Please do a LOT of research before you get involved with an attorney.