For years people with fibromyalgia who are unable to continue working at a full-time job have struggled and worried about whether they would qualify for Social Security Disability. Finally, last week the Social Security Administration issued a ruling providing guidance on how they develop evidence to establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment (MDI) of fibromyalgia, and how they evaluate fibromyalgia in disability claims and continuing disability reviews under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act. This ruling went into effect on July 25, 2012.
For a complete copy of the ruling, including footnotes, references and a tender point diagram, see Social Security Ruling, SSR 12-2p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Fibromyalgia in the Federal Register. Following is a copy of the core elements of the ruling that I think would be of most interest to people with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a complex medical condition characterized p...
Today, May 12, 2011 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. As many of our users live with both RA and fibromyalgia, Karen Lee Richards - the Community Leader of our Chronic Pain site - and I interviewed each other about RA and fibro. Part One of this interview is about fibromyalgia symptoms, treatment and history.You can read Karen's interview with me on Chronic Pain.
Karen first became ill in 1989, but didn't receive a diagnosis of fibromyalgia until seven years later. Karen's career as a writer and patient advocate grew out of her determination to learn more about her own illnesses and wanting to raise awareness about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS . She is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain illness that affects 2-5 percent of the population. The majority of people with FM are women, but it can also strike men and children. The main symptoms of FM are widespread pain, fatigue and sleep ...
Every fibromyalgia expert will tell you that exercise is an essential component of any fibromyalgia treatment program. However, most fibromyalgia patients complain––with valid reason––that exercise is difficult and painful. So how can people with fibromyalgia get the exercise they need without causing themselves more pain? Water exercise is one good way. Benefits of Exercising in Water Water provides several benefits that make exercise easier, less painful and more effective. Water’s buoyancy decreases the effects of gravity, displacing 85 percent of your weight. As a result, it takes less effort to move because you don’t have to support your whole weight. The buoyancy of water also takes the weight off of your joints, allowing for more flexibility. The hydrostatic pressure of water reduces joint swelling and inflammation, which makes exercising easier and less painful. Wat...
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