Friday, August 17, 2012

Finally! Social Security acknowledges fibromyalgia! 

A few weeks ago, news came out that people with fibromyalgia have been hoping for. Here are two articles about it, one from an insurance point of view and one from a disability lawyer's point of view:

Social Security Ruling, SSR 12-2p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Fibromyalgia

Social Security Ruling 12-2P - Evaluation of Fibromyalgia - Some Good News, Some Questions

I was not awarded SSDI on the basis of fibromyalgia because at the time it wasn't acknowledged as a potentially disabling ailment. Neither was Sjogren's, but that has since been rectified. My claim was approved based upon "complex multi-system immune disease of unknown etiology". When you don't have a disease specifically listed in Social Security's Blue Book, they must decide if the sum total of the ailments you do have constitute an impairment severe enough to be disabling. In my case, yes, but over the years, many with fibromyalgia who are at least as ill as I am have had their SSDI claims denied. Maybe now they will have some traction in getting approved.

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