Fibromyalgia benefits are available from the SSA, if you cannot work for more than 12 months. If you suffer from Fibromyalgia and can’t work for more than 12 months, you should apply for disability benefits. You can apply for SSD & SSI benefits on the Social Security website.
Fibromyalgia was officially recognized by the SSA as a qualifying condition for Social Security Disability Benefits in July 2012. That was over 7 years ago. However, many people still don’t know what to do in order to document fibromyalgia as a severe medical condition.
Cannon Disability can help you prove your case. However, in order to win benefits you will need the support of your doctor. Make sure the that you are seeing a supportive doctor on a regular basis. That means at least once a month. You need to have ongoing treatment for your fibromyalgia in order to receive disability benefits. Learn more here about the importance of medical records in you disability case.
FIBROMYALGIA DISABILITY BENEFITS REQUIREMENTS
The SSA will consider your Fibromyalgia as a disabling condition if your medical record shows a history of widespread pain that lasts for at least three months.
The pain may fluctuate in intensity and may not always be present. The medical evidence must also show that other disorders which could cause the same symptoms have been excluded. Also, you must have one of the following:
At least 11 tender points on physical examination OR Repeated manifestations of six or more fibromyalgia symptoms including:
- cognitive fatigue or memory problems (often called “fibro fog”)
- waking unrefreshed
- anxiety disorder
- irritable bowel syndrome
- muscle pain
- muscle weakness
- headache pain or cramps in the abdomen
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- hives or welts
- blurred vision
- oral ulcers
- loss of taste or change in taste
- dry eyes
- shortness of breath
- loss of appetite
- sun sensitivity
- hearing problems
- easy bruising
- hair loss
- frequent urination or bladder spasms
UNABLE TO WORK FOR MORE THAN 12 MONTHS DUE TO FIBROMYALGIA
In order to be eligible for SSD and SSI benefits, you have to have Fibromyalgia that keeps you from working for 12 months or more. This is a “durational” requirement. The reason for this rule is that injuries or medical conditions usually don’t last for 12 months.
For example, think about breaking your leg. If you break your leg, then you might not be able to walk for 12 weeks. You might even have to lie down for a number of weeks. But, it will usually not keep you off work for a whole year.
Similarly, even a serious back surgery won’t keep you off of work for a year. Obviously, this depends on any complications you have after surgery and the kind of work you do. However, most of the time after back surgery, you can return to work in a few months.
DO YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR SSD OR SSI BENEFITS?
If you have a disabling impairment and it is going to keep your from working for over a year, then you may be able to win SSD benefits. This is also true if you have a medical condition that is going to result in death. If you can no longer work, then you need to apply for benefits.
You may not know how to do that. Fortunately, we do. We have spent over 30 years helping clients apply for and win Social Security benefits. During that time, we have won over 20,000 SSDI and SSI cases.
Applying for benefits with our help is simple. We will help you file your application for benefits online at the Social Security website.
APPLY FOR FIBROMYALGIA DISABILITY BENEFITS
If you have Fibromyalgia and are not able to work, you can apply for Social Security benefits. But, it will increase your chances of winning benefits if your treating doctor documents the above symptoms in your medical record. It is also helpful if you can find a doctor or rheumatologist who specializes in treating Fibromyalgia.
If you receive SSD benefits, then within 29 months of your onset date of disability, you will also receive Medicare benefits. The 29 months includes your 5 month waiting period. Medicare benefits are like health insurance. Find out more about Medicare benefits here.
SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME BENEFITS
Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI) are different from Social Security Disability benefits. SSI benefits are a supplement to a low monthly SSD benefit.
SSI is also for people who have not worked enough to be covered under the quarters of coverage rule to obtain SSD benefits. Likewise, it is for those who have never worked. Also, SSI is for children.
In order to win SSI benefits, you must meet the disability rules. However, you must also meet SSA’s income and asset rules. Typically, you will need an attorney to help you prove you should receive SSI benefits. People who hire an attorney are 3 times more likely to win benefits.
SSI benefits also come with Medicaid benefits to pay for medical bills. Medicaid is an insurance benefit that pays for visits to the doctor and other medical needs. Find more information about Medicaid here.
WHAT WE DO TO HELP YOU WIN FIBROMYALGIA BENEFITS
You do not need to try to win SSDI and SSI benefits by yourself. Cannon Disability Law can help file your disability application. Also, we can help you appeal every SSA denial. That way, you can focus on your health. For example, our attorneys and staff can:
If you file your application for benefits online at Social Security’s website, then you have 6 months to complete the application. Once you submit your application online, the SSA sends you an application summary in the mail. You must sign the summary and mail it back. Send it in quickly.
Additionally, once you receive a denial, you have 60 days to file an appeal. You must also meet the time limit set by the SSA. If you do not, then you will have to start the process over again. That means you will lose any benefits you could receive on any prior application.
CONTACT US AND WE WILL TELL YOU IF YOU QUALIFY FOR FIBROMYALGIA BENEFITS
To learn about your legal options, call Cannon Disability Law at 801-322-2121 or call toll-free at 800-732-2323. Speak to one of our attorneys and our intake staff today. You can also contact us online and we will call you.
Our attorneys practice in Utah, California, and Nevada. We also represent clients in Idaho, Arizona, Washington, and other states. Find out more information about Utah disability benefits here. We have helped many clients with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.
Our main office is in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, there are also hearing offices in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland. Our office represents clients in court in all of those places.
We are also familiar with the Social Security laws where you live. Additionally, understanding the medical evidence that the judge needs to see will help you win your case. It also helps us present the best arguments in court. If we accept your case, we will drive or fly to the SSA office nearest you. Therefore, we can help you no matter where you live. If you need to apply for SSD benefits, contact us today.
If you have further questions about applying for disability benefits, contact Cannon Disability Law. There is no charge to call our office. We will give you a free review of your case. Because we examine the merits of your case, we can often tell you over the phone if we can help you. Call today and let us help you win Fibromyalgia benefits.