Disability for Fibromyalgia in Madison

How to Win Social Security Disability Benefits for an “Invisible Illness”

It’s hard to get other people to understand what it’s like living with fibromyalgia. People might say “it’s all in your head,” because you don’t look sick. They might even accuse you of avoiding responsibilities or “playing the victim” to get attention.

But this condition is all too real, serious and debilitating. It affects more than 5 million Americans. And Social Security recognizes it.

That means you can win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits when fibromyalgia makes it impossible for you to work. In a 2012 ruling, Social Security acknowledged the “widespread pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, or nearby soft tissues” that fibromyalgia causes.

Getting monthly disability checks could make a big difference in your life.

The hard part is proving your case.

The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. It doesn’t necessarily show up in diagnostic imaging or blood work. Symptoms vary from person to person. You might have to convince some Social Security judges that you even have a real illness.

Especially after you receive an initial denial of benefits, get help from an experienced lawyer who knows how to present your fibromyalgia case.

At the Becker Law Office, we’ve turned thousands of disability denials into approvals in Madison, Wausau and across Wisconsin.

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How to Prove Fibromyalgia to Social Security

You’ve probably suffered for a long time, maybe even years.

As your condition gradually worsened, it robbed you of the ability to get a good night’s sleep, made you feel dizzy, and gave you “fibro fog” (clouded thinking).

Everyday activities became incredibly difficult, and there are many days you simply cannot get out of bed. It felt like riding a merry-go-round, going from one doctor or specialist to another until finally, you were diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Social Security’s ruling on fibromyalgia listed several symptoms you can show to prove you deserve disability benefits for fibromyalgia, including:

  1. Widespread pain all over your body lasting at least three months
  2. 11 specific points of tenderness on your body
  3. Stiffness
  4. Numbness or tingling
  5. Recurring fatigue
  6. Headaches
  7. Thinking and memory problems
  8. Poor sleep
  9. Depression
  10. Anxiety
  11. Irritable bowel syndrome

The lawyers at the Becker Law Office don’t charge anything for you to get an evaluation of your particular case of fibromyalgia.

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Types of Evidence You Need to Show Social Security

When you’re trying to win disability benefits for fibromyalgia, Social Security will want to see “objective medical evidence” of your condition. This includes:

  1. Records of the medical evaluations and treatments you’ve received from physicians over time
  2. Records of other types of treatment you’ve received, such as from psychologists
  3. Information from non-medical sources—such as friends, family, neighbors or employers—about the way fibromyalgia affects your daily life

The experienced disability lawyers at the Becker Law Office can help you gather and organize all of this information.

What to Do if Social Security Denies Your Disability Claim

Unable to work, with bills piling up and your savings dwindling, you need disability benefits. But then you have your claim rejected.

Don’t give up! You can, and probably should, appeal the decision.

But don’t wait, either. You have 60 days from the date of your denial letter to start your appeal.

You don’t have to fight this battle alone. Now is the time to get an attorney who has experience with fibromyalgia disability claims to help you win your appeal.

This is what the experienced fibromyalgia disability lawyers at the Becker Law Office can bring to you:

  1. We understand this disease and what it can do.
  2. We’re well versed in the implications of Social Security’s 2012 ruling on fibromyalgia.
  3. We know recent court decisions on disability claims for fibromyalgia and can spot errors made by the claims adjuster, using that information to your advantage in the appeal.

We’ll be upfront with you about your case and chances of getting benefits. And you won’t pay an attorney’s fee until you win.

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