Fibromyalgia as a Disabling Condition
Fibromyalgia is a complex pain disorder, considered to be a “syndrome” as opposed to a disease. This chronic syndrome presents with symptoms and ongoing medical problems that may occur in tandem but are not related to a medically identifiable cause.
People who suffer from Fibromyalgia have significant and widespread pain with many tender points throughout the body. They often suffer from sleep disturbance and mental fatigue. Many sufferers report being depressed and are often treated for depression prior to being identified with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. If symptoms are severe they may interfere with activities of daily living including work.
Today, Fibromyalgia has become one of the most common pain conditions in the country. Some polls indicate that in the United States we have more than 10 million people affected by Fibromyalgia. Approximately 80% of those individuals are women. The age group most commonly affected is 30-50 years of age.
The most common symptom of Fibromyalgia is widespread pain, chronic in nature. Most Fibromyalgia sufferers claim to have chronic pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances and other associated conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, Lupus, migraine headaches, depression, anxiety and neurological symptoms.
Of most importance is finding a physician who understands Fibromyalgia and is able to test and treat you for the condition. With a combination of pain management techniques, psychological support and assistance with sleep management, many individuals see slight to moderate improvement in their daily living activities. Today, a number of pharmacological treatments are available for prescription to help relieve symptomology. You should talk with your treating physician regarding the need for psychological support if necessary. Learning to live with a chronic illness is a significant adjustment, not only for the individual but the family.
In many instances individuals with chronic pain syndromes or Fibromyalgia find it impossible to carry on normal daily activities including work. If you have suffered from or expect to suffer from Fibromyalgia for a continuous period of 12 months or longer, and you have paid into the Social Security system through FICA taxes, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Medicare coverage. Contact us today to find out more.