Remaining productively employed
should be a prime goal of all persons with fibromyalgia. The advantages of
continued employment are not only financial, but relate to feelings of
self-worth, duties to society, camaraderie, opportunities for personal growth
and the pleasure of making one's own way in the world. Before considering an
application for disability a fibromyalgia patient should have exhausted all
avenues for job modifications to accommodate their diminished work capacity.
However, as the aging process takes its toll and accentuates the problems of
working with fibromyalgia, some patients will need to consider taking
disability. This usually entails applying for Social Security Disability; it may
also entail activating long-term disability policies obtained through one's job
or the Veterans Administration.
There have been two recent rulings
that may ease the process of obtaining SSD if you are a fibromyalgia patient or
have chronic fatigue syndrome.
1. Social Security ruling on
chronic fatigue syndrome.
2. Social Security memorandum on fibromyalgia.
3. Veterans Administration Ruling on
Here are some useful links for
those seeking disability:
Drew Johnson's primer on
Social Security Disability
Dr. Bennett's review of
Disability and Fibromyalgia
Administration website on Disability: http://www.ssa.gov/SSA_Home.html
Americans with Disabilities
Act website: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm