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Why does fibromyalgia sometimes lead to disability benefits?

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2019 | Firm News

Fibromyalgia is a medical disorder that has many impacts. When the symptoms of the disorder cause you problems that prevent you from being able to work, you might need to file for disability benefits. This isn’t an easy process, but for fibro sufferers, it is sometimes the only option they have for being able to support themselves.

The way that fibro affects one person might not be the same as it affects someone else. This can make it difficult for the evaluators to determine what needs to happe. It is possible that you will apply for disability based on your fibro effects, but it will be denied. This may lead you to appeal the decision because you can’t work to support yourself.

What makes fibro so difficult to endure?

One of the main hallmarks of fibromyalgia is that pain is intensified because the brain alters the pain signals. This can cause widespread pain that feels like an ache, but it doesn’t go away like a sore muscle. Instead, it can last months. This pain isn’t limited to one area. Both sides of the body, and below and above the waist have to be affected.

In some cases, the pain might interrupt your sleep. You might also suffer from sleep apnea or restless legs. These changes, as well as the disorder itself could lead to fatigue that you can’t get away from. Some people also suffer from other issues, such as painful bladder syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines or temporomandibular joint disorder, all of which can negatively impact your sleep.

There is also a chance that you will end up with an inability to focus. This is sometimes called fibro fog because it impacts the way you concentrate and think. This symptom alone can make it difficult to get your job done since you might constantly wonder what you are supposed to be doing.

When should you file for disability?

The need for disability benefits depends on your circumstances. You should file for them when the disorder prevents you from being able to work. The key is that you can’t do any gainful work, which means you can’t support yourself. When you do file, don’t count on getting benefits quickly. It is possible that you will apply and be denied, which can trigger the start of the appeals process. This takes time so find out how you can financially support yourself in Houston in the interim.