Fibromyalgia is a medical condition described as widespread pain in the muscles, joints, tendons, and soft tissues.  Some of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia also suffer from cognitive and psychological symptoms including memory issues.  Many claimants seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia.  It seems to be a quite common impairment. 

In July 2012, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a ruling (SSR-12-2p) explaining how SSA is to evaluate fibromyalgia and whether or not it constitutes a medically determinable impairment (MDI). There must be evidence of widespread chronic pain that has lasted at least 3 months, and objective tests have ruled out other possible medical conditions.  In addition, there must also either be positive tender point sites in at least 11 of 18 tested areas all over the body, or, repeated occurrence of at least 6 fibromyalgia symptoms including memory issues, fatigue, waking unrested, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and anxiety. 

As noted above, these evaluation criteria only establish whether the fibromyalgia is a MDI.  This is not the only criteria to weather you are disabled under SSA requirements for benefits. 

For more information, please contact one of the attorneys at Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik. 

By Beau Chinn

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