Chronic fatigue syndrome is similar to fibromyalgia and patients typically experience similar symptoms. sometimes a clear diagnosis can be difficult for doctors. General fatigue, pain, insomnia, and lack of concentration can all be caused by chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia.
The only distinguishing factor for fibromyalgia can be tenderness in specific locations on the body. Social Security does not currently have a particular listing for fibromyalgia. This does not mean that a claimant who suffers from fibromyalgia cannot get approved for disability. What this means is that when applying for Social Security disability, rather than focusing on a medical listing from Social Security, applicants must show that they are not able to work due to their symptoms which typically include generalized pain and fatigue.
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition which typically affects women and is a very common. however, there are not many treatment options. Many people with fibromyalgia take pain medications, depression medications, and sleeping medications.
Sometimes fibromyalgia is diagnosed when family doctors cannot determine the cause for generalized pain. A Social Security disability applicant needs to get a diagnosis of fibromyalgia from a rheumatologist and get regular medical treatment to document their pain. A claimant with either chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia must show through their medical records and physician statements that they cannot work due to the pain, fatigue, and other symptoms caused by the conditions.
Pain and fatigue are very difficult to judge, and the pain caused by fibromyalgia can be particularly difficult to explain to the Social Security Administration. Having an experienced attorney advocate on your behalf is extremely important in cases involving fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
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