Sunday, August 05, 2012

Social Security Administration Issues New Fibromyalgia Disability Ruling - US Politics Today

Social Security Administration Issues New Fibromyalgia Disability Ruling - US Politics Today

On July 25, 2012, the Social Security Administration released a new ruling that details how they evaluate fibromyalgia in disability claims. For those who have been suffering from severe Fibromyalgia and are planning or currently filing for Social Security Disability this is an important and positive development.

Excerpt from press release: The physician must diagnose fibromyalgia and provide the type of evidence described in the new ruling, and this information must not be inconsistent with other information in the Social Security Disability applicant's case record.

Specifically, the new ruling sets out two instances in which fibromyalgia may qualify as a medically determinable impairment. First, if all three of the following are present:
1) A history of widespread pain -- that is, pain in all quadrants of the body that lasted for at least three months
2) At least 11 positive tender points on the body (there are 18 "tender point sites" on the body, and they are "positive" if the patient experiences pain when the physician palpitates the area)
3) Evidence that other disorders that could cause these symptoms or signs were ruled out
In the second instance, the first and third factors above remain the same, but number two may be replaced by repeated occurrences of six or more fibromyalgia symptoms, signs or co-occurring conditions, chiefly fatigue, cognitive or memory problems, waking unrefreshed from sleep, depression, anxiety disorder or irritable bowel syndrome.


Kerry Fountain said...

I love that fibro is being taken seriously BUT I have fibro and have no trigger points at all. You can press all over my body and I do not experience additional pain. I was told by a Rheum 2 years ago that trigger points are no longer used to diagnose. So that is kind of a bummer!

Thanks for the info!!

Allsup said...

I think this is a good thing if it is analyzed properly for each applicant. Good read and thanks for sharing.

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