More than five million Americans experience chronic pain, headaches, tingling in their hands and feet, problems with thinking and memory and trouble sleeping due to fibromyalgia, according to the
SSDI is a federal insurance program funded by FICA payroll taxes. It is an important resource for former workers who, due to a disability, are unable to work for 12 months or more, or have a terminal condition. To see
Advances in diagnosing, understanding and treating fibromyalgia could help individuals who file for SSDI compile the medical evidence necessary for a successful claim. According to the NIH, there is no diagnostic laboratory test for fibromyalgia, and patients typically see multiple physicians before receiving a diagnosis. Because the main symptoms of fibromyalgia, including chronic pain, fatigue and trouble sleeping are subjective, the development of objective diagnostic and treatment criteria can lend credibility to fibromyalgia diagnoses.
Examples of current fibromyalgia research include:
¦Understanding how the body processes pain and what causes pain sensitivity.
¦Developing treatment options for fibromyalgia.
¦Identifying objective, measurable biomarkers to diagnose fibromyalgia and identify those most at risk for the disorder.
Tender points are the parts of the body, as identified by the
"There must also be evidence of morning stiffness or stiffness after sitting for a short period of time, as well as fatigue," said Swierczek.
Without objective, measurable diagnostic medical evidence, it is critical that fibromyalgia patients tell their doctors about other symptoms, such as deep muscle pain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, problems concentrating or remembering things, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.
"This provides a clearer understanding of an individual's ability to work, and gives doctors important information they need to provide appropriate treatment," said Swierczek.
For more information on SSDI eligibility, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (888) 841-2126 or visit Expert.Allsup.com.
For information on the latest fibromyalgia research and clinical trials, click here.
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