Fibromyalgia In Long Term Disability Claims

Fibromyalgia is a real condition which may have a great effect on an individual’s ability to work; however, fibromyalgia claims for ERISA long-term disability benefits are difficult and need extensive documentation.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include widespread pain and fatigue; however, some tests may not show this.  Fibromyalgia is not like other chronic conditions such Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, or degenerative disc disease.  Fibromyalgia does not appear on what are called objective tests, such as MRIs, x-rays, or even blood tests.  It is often difficult condition to diagnose.

 Many ERISA and non-ERISA long-term disability claims are denied because the claimant does not maintain regular treatment with a physician.  Treatment with a medical doctor is important in the evaluation of fibromyalgia.  If the doctor does not see you on a regular basis, it may be difficult for them to have a clear picture of your struggle with this condition.  It is also important to make sure the right specialist treats you.   A rheumatologist is the specialist for a patient with chronic widespread pain often associated with fibromyalgia.  You can get a referral to a rheumatologist from your primary care physician.

Don’t forget, it is important to make sure that all your symptoms are consistently documented with your medical providers.  The insurance company looks for this in your medical records when deciding your claim.

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