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Fibromyalgia patients may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from fibromyalgia, which is a painful condition that causes widespread pain, weakness and fatigue. Despite many patients suffering from the painful condition, many doctors did not believe that the pain actually existed. Now, a new study shows that fibromyalgia is real and it could help more individuals receive Social Security disability benefits.

Fibromyalgia can be a very debilitating disease and can make it difficult for individuals to continue working. However, the condition is difficult to diagnose as doctors rely on patient pain ratings. In addition, many physicians believe that the disorder is in a patient's head but a new study shows that female patients with the condition have a unique peripheral neurovascular presence in their skin, which could be the main cause of their pain and other symptoms.

The study reports that people with fibromyalgia have excessive sensory nerve fibers in their blood vessels, particularly in their palms. The researchers believe that this discovery can help physicians diagnose the disease as well as help develop better treatments for patients with the painful condition. The excessive nerve fibers in these patients can also explain their symptoms of widespread pain, fatigue and aches.

The study's findings can not only help patients receive better treatment in the future and a more concrete diagnosis, but it could also help more individuals receive Social Security disability benefits if their condition makes it difficult for them to work.

SSDI applications require medical evidence from an applicant's physician. If doctor's can discuss the patient's condition in better detail and explain why it impacts his or her ability to work, more people may be eligible to receive SSD benefits.

Individuals with fibromyalgia should consult with a social security disability attorney to discuss the process of applying for SSD benefits and what information will need to be provided. 


Source: Medical News Today, "Rational Biological Source of Pain Found In The Skin of Patients With Fibromyalgia," June 19, 2013

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