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Fibromyalgia: a hidden disease with very real consequences

Fibromyalgia is a very real disease that many people dismiss because it is unseen. Largely misunderstood, this type of disease can leave a victim in serious pain and dealing with consequences that affect every area of life. Many people with this type of illness are unable to work and lead normal, productive lives because of the pain.

If you are not able to hold gainful employment or work enough hours to earn a full-time income, you could have grounds for a disability benefits claim. Any individual who has a medical condition that meets certain criteria may be eligible, but the claims process is both complex and confusing for the inexperienced New York claimant. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate it on your own.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disease that affects the muscles and the bones, leaving an individual in serious, even debilitating pain. Other symptoms of this illness include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Memory issues
  • Mood problems

While the cause for this disease is largely unknown, it could connect to trauma, severe psychological stress, surgery or an infection. For other victims, the effects can accumulate over time for seemingly no apparent reason. The following characteristics often accompany a diagnosis of fibromyalgia:

  • Chronic pain, sometimes lasting for at least three months
  • Continuing exhaustion, even after long periods of sleep
  • Cognitive difficulties, which may include brain fog, concentration problems and more

Doctors and researchers are rather limited in what they know about this disease, but it is certain that it does affect the nervous system and other systems of the body, sometimes at the same time. Individuals who have this condition may find it difficult to secure disability benefits because of its mysterious and often misunderstood nature.

If you have a doctor-diagnosed case of fibromyalgia and you cannot work because the pain and immobilization from this disease has disabled you, you would be wise to reach out to a lawyer who can help you understand your rights.

You have rights as a disabled individual

As a person with a disability, you have the right to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. You may have a valid claim if you have a qualifying medical condition, such as fibromyalgia, and have a financial need, but the type of benefits available to you will depend on various other factors.

Before you file a claim, reach out to an experienced attorney to help you secure rightful benefits and fight back against any complications that may arise, such as a denied claim.

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