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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...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain illness characterized by widespread pain, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. Because much of the pain and tenderness experienced with fibromyalgia is felt in the muscles and soft tissues, for many years FM was thought to be a musculoskeletal disorder. However, new brain-imaging techniques and scientific studies are revealing that fibromyalgia is better defined as a central nervous system disorder resulting in abnormal pain processing. According to recent estimates, approximately 5% of the population has fibromyalgia . That adds up to 15 million people in the U.S. alone. It seems to occur at similar rates worldwide, regardless of ethnicity. Although fibromyalgia appears to affect more women, it does strike men and children as well. Symptoms There are three primary symptoms, common to virtually everyone with fibromyalgia: pain, fatigue and sleep disorders. Pain: Fibromyalgia pain is widespread, chronic,...
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