fibromyalgia
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Living with fibromyalgia can be a daily challenge, and for some, it becomes impossible to maintain gainful employment. In such cases, seeking financial support through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in Florida can be a lifeline. Understanding the eligibility criteria and the application process is crucial, and Disability Advocates Group is here to guide you through it.

Fibromyalgia and SSDI Eligibility

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. To be eligible for SSDI benefits in Florida, you must meet specific criteria:

1. Medical Evidence

The key to a successful SSDI claim for fibromyalgia is comprehensive medical evidence. This should include a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional and documentation of the following:

  • Widespread pain that has lasted for at least three months.
  • Tender points or specific areas of pain on your body.
  • Exclusion of other medical conditions that could be causing your symptoms.

2. Symptoms Impacting Functionality

It’s essential to demonstrate how your fibromyalgia symptoms significantly affect your ability to work. This includes detailing limitations in your daily activities, work-related tasks, and personal life.

3. Work History

To be eligible for SSDI, you must have worked long enough and recently enough to earn sufficient work credits. The exact number of credits required depends on your age and work history.

4. Severity of Impairment

Fibromyalgia must be severe enough to prevent you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA), which is defined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) as work that generates a certain level of income. The severity of your fibromyalgia symptoms must meet or exceed the SSA’s guidelines.

The SSDI Application Process for Fibromyalgia

1. Consult with Medical Professionals

Seek diagnosis and treatment from qualified medical professionals, and make sure your medical records are detailed and well-documented. Consult with a rheumatologist or specialist experienced in fibromyalgia.

2. Gather Medical Evidence

Collect all relevant medical records, diagnostic test results, and documentation of your fibromyalgia symptoms. These records will serve as crucial evidence during the application process.

3. Work with Disability Advocates Group

Enlisting the assistance of experienced SSDI attorneys, such as Disability Advocates Group, can significantly improve your chances of a successful claim. Our attorneys understand the intricacies of the SSDI application process and can help you gather the necessary documentation and present your case effectively.

4. Complete the Application

You can apply for SSDI benefits online, by phone, or in person at your local SSA office. Completing the application accurately and providing detailed information about your condition is vital.

5. Medical Examinations

The SSA may request additional medical examinations or assessments to evaluate the severity of your fibromyalgia. Cooperation and transparency during these examinations are essential.

6. Appeal if Necessary

If your initial application is denied, don’t lose hope. Many SSDI claims are denied at first. Disability Advocates Group can assist you in appealing the decision, ensuring that your case is presented effectively during the appeals process.

Conclusion

Living with fibromyalgia in Florida can be incredibly challenging, especially if your condition prevents you from working. SSDI benefits can provide the financial support you need to maintain your quality of life. Understanding the eligibility criteria and navigating the application process is crucial to a successful claim.

At Disability Advocates Group, we are dedicated to helping individuals with fibromyalgia secure the SSDI benefits they deserve. By gathering comprehensive medical evidence, working with experienced attorneys, and following the correct application process, you can increase your chances of approval.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support in your SSDI journey. We are here to assist you every step of the way, from the initial application to the appeals process if necessary. Your financial stability and well-being are our top priorities.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.