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    Looking for Help with the Tough Parts of Applying for Disability?

    Only you know what your case of fibromyalgia is like.

    You’re the only one who experiences the pain, the physical drain and the mental strain. Every case is different, but fibromyalgia can be so bad that you can’t work, earn an income and enjoy a stable life.

    Social Security Disability benefits can keep you going. They come with monthly income and eligibility for health care through Medicare.

    But first you face this: Applying for disability benefits is highly involved. You must confirm that you are unable to work. It’s common to get denied and need to appeal.

    And fibromyalgia is a special case. Applying for Social Security Disability for fibromyalgia comes with special complications and challenges.

    We know what to do.

    If you live in Kenner, Metairie, New Orleans, Chalmette, Gretna, Marrero, Houma, the Northshore, Hammond, Amite and anywhere across Louisiana, call Empower Disability.

    Empower Disability is a disability law firm created just for Louisianans in need of financial assistance because of health problems.

    If you’re living with fibromyalgia, read below for more about how a disability benefits application could work for you. Or, get in touch and talk to us.

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    6 Challenges Getting Social Security Disability for Fibromyalgia in Metairie and Beyond

    A disability claim for fibromyalgia is different from claims for other health conditions for several reasons:

    1. People—sometimes including disability claims examiners—don’t understand fibromyalgia.
    2. It may take extra work to “prove” you have a case of fibromyalgia that rules out working.
    3. You’ll need highly specific types of medical evidence and reports from your doctors.
    4. You’ll need more than a one-time diagnosis; you’ll have to show a record of ongoing treatment for fibromyalgia.
    5. You’ll have to show that your fibromyalgia symptoms aren’t actually caused by something else.
    6. Your condition itself—the energy drain, the brain fog, etc.—can make a disability benefits application a particular burden.

    At least partly because fibromyalgia is a complicated condition—doctors haven’t figured out what causes it—the Social Security Administration (SSA) didn’t even recognize it as a qualifying disability until 2012.

    But then the SSA finally did issue guidelines for how to qualify for disability benefits with fibromyalgia, guidelines you can now use to get benefits yourself. And Social Security recognized that, “Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome.”

    In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said over 4 million Americans live with fibromyalgia.

    If you’re one of them, talk to the New Orleans disability lawyers at Empower Disability to see how you might apply for disability benefits with fibromyalgia—and how a disability attorney can make the process easier for you.

    It doesn’t cost you anything to have an initial conversation with us about your situation.

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    What You Need to Get Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia in New Orleans, Metairie and across Louisiana

    To approve you for disability benefits, Social Security says it needs, “sufficient objective evidence to support a finding that (your) impairment so limits (your) functional abilities that it precludes (you) from performing any substantial gainful activity.”

    Objective evidence means evidence outside of your own word on how fibromyalgia impacts your life. (“Substantial gainful activity” is their word for being able to work a significant amount.)

    Social Security uses the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia from 2010, or the ACR Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria from 1990, as its guides for what you need to show in a disability application for fibromyalgia.

    Under those rules, these are the symptoms you need to document:

    • Lasting pain all over your body
    • 11 specific tender points on your body
    • Fatigue
    • Cognitive and memory problems, which people call “fibro fog”
    • Lack of refreshment from sleep
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Irritable bowel syndrome
    • Repeat occurrence of the symptoms

    And how do you prove you have these conditions beyond just saying it?

    You can provide records showing a diagnosis from a doctor, ongoing medical treatment, physical exam reports, the doctor’s treatment notes, reports from a psychologist, and statements from people who know you personally—family, friends, neighbors, co-workers or more—about the ways fibromyalgia has changed your daily routine.

    You can also add any other medical conditions you have besides fibromyalgia to your disability claim, and the evidence that goes along with that.

    A Metairie disability lawyer from Empower Disability can help you with every step of the process, so you can avoid mistakes and focus more on your own well-being.

    You pay no fee for a disability lawyer until you get benefits.

    And when you get benefits, the added support coming in can make your life so much easier.

    Let’s get started.

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