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Fibromyalgia is one of the most common reasons for applying for Social Security Disability and needs to be medically determined, severe and been disabling for at least one full year. Though medical research shows that fibromyalgia is a stand-alone illness it is not included in the disability listings.

A detailed work history including job titles and job description along with a history of treatment are crucial. A supporting statement from a treating physician concerning the patient’s functional capacity are also needed.

Fibromyalgia affects 2-4% of the population especially women. It is often associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression and chronic fatigue. Some people may experience brain fog which may include concentration issues and short or long-term memory impairment. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder and is currently being treated with pain medications such as Lyrica. It causes widespread pain that can affect the entire body and doctors have located eighteen trigger points of which a person must have pain in at least 11 to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

No single test is available to diagnose Fibromyalgia, so it is especially important to have a well-documented history of limitations and treatment such as trigger point testing results, medications and responses to treatment.
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