Fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability Insurance.

Would it surprise you to find out, that as of right now in 2010 there are still no listings of impairments for Fibromyalgia in the Social Security Disability manual. However, people with Fibromyalgia do win their disability cases. I actually won my case the first time I applied for Social Security Disability Insurance. I was one of the lucky ones.

Now there were two things that I had going for me. The first was, I had read a book from the library on filing for Social Security Disability insurance. The book suggested I should include in my filing a RFC form. RFC stands for Residual functional capacity form. I copied it from the library book. I had my doctor fill it out. He spent about 25 minutes on the form with help from me. I indicated what I could do and what I could not. Now he did charge an extra fee for this, of course not covered by my insurance company. I believe this form helped in the decision to approve my claim. You can’t download the RFC form on the Social Security Disability Insurance site. But if you go to this site, there you’ll find free a RFC form as well as a lot of of additional information on Fibromyalgia disability and filing for Social Security Disability Insurance. I would read everything I could on filing before actually doing the paper work.

The second thing I had going for me, in filing for Social Security Disability Insurance was the representative for Social Security already knew about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She happened to have a dear friend that had Fibromyalgia, so she was familiar with the symptoms. I believe this helped me in securing a favorable decision. Like I said, I was lucky. I was not so lucky in filing for Long Term Disability Insurance through my employer, but that is a different story for another time.

You also want to make sure your doctor and you are both in agreement as to your condition and diagnosis. Do this prior to having him or her fill out your RFC. Also your diagnosis must include all of your conditions. Such as carpal tunnel, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, depression or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I had all of these. Just listing Fibromyalgia by itself may not give you a very favorable outcome. Remember Fibromyalgia itself is not in the listing of impairments for Social Security Disability Insurance.

The other thing is don’t wait too long to file. The sooner you get the ball rolling, the sooner you’ll get your money. And it is your money. If you worked gainfully for five of the last 10 years, you paid into the program. Gainfully, meaning you made more than $1,000. per month. Therefor you are eligible for benefits. You also have had to be disabled, (unable to work at any job) and it has to be expected to last at least 12 months. Now this can be due to a mental or physical impairment as determined by the Social Security Administration. These are the basics needed to file for Social Security Disability Insurance.

If you follow all the rules of filing for disability insurance and you still get denied, try again. You can appeal the decision. In fact, it is an absolute must to file an appeal. This time maybe I would try using a lawyer. They usually take a 25% cut of the back pay owed to you for their payment. A disability lawyer also usually does not get paid if you don’t win your case. So it may improve your chances for a faster, favorable decision by the Social Security Disability Insurance. Just don’t give up. I believe if you are disabled with Fibromyalgia the outcome will eventually go in your favor.


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This is a blog for all Fibromyalgia sufferers. I have fibromyalgia myself. I blog about my fibro health and life. The problems I have with Fibromyalgia and how I solve them. I write about therapies, medications and the life itself, as a disabled person who wants to be thought of as normal. I have two children, they both live at home with me. Both boys they are 22 and 18 years of age. I also have at home three dogs and two cats. Yes, sometimes it’s like a zoo around here. I live in California. I am surviving on Social Security Disability Insurance and marketing online. It has been slow going but I am making it work. I am no longer able to work outside the home because of the fibromyalgia. I used to be a Loan Officer for a large mortgage company. I also have a Real Estate license. I use to be a very busy person. The fibromyalgia has taken a lot out of me. As I am sure it has for you too. So I write for you, the hurting and disabled with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, and all the other symptoms we so boldly carry. My hope is that you’ll get some value out of this blog. Always feel as if you can comment on my views. I would love to hear some interaction from my readers. I have created the site to truly help people that are experiencing difficulty in their own lives with Fibromyalgia. Many people in America and all over the world are suffering from this disease. This site is dedicated to helping provide the most up to date information about living and coping with Fibromyalgia in your everyday life. I am not a doctor, nor am I licensed to give medical advice in any way. Any information you find on my blog is strictly an opinion and should not be taken as medical advice. You are responsible for any information you use from this site in your own life. Please talk with a licensed, medical professional before making any important decisions about your health or illness. Thank you. Sincerely, April Baldner (myfibrolife)