Originally Posted by suncat
Does having fibromyalgia qualify as a disability for social security disability?
Yes and no. Fibro isn't one of the so called traditional categories that they match applications up to. However, many who have Fibro end up winning.
Originally Posted by suncat
Long story short, urologist doesn't think I have interstitial cystitis afterall, that the bladder is just an innocent bystander from the fibro affecting it and causing pelvic/bladder pain and widespread pain.
Now, all I have to rely on if I do file is a diagnosis of chronic pain and fibromyalgia which to me seems a weak case to apply for disability. Anyone out there with similar problems and experiences?
It's not the "condition" that is important or wins a disability case, but rather the "effects" of a particular condition(s). This is the biggest mistake people make....They think that because they have a certain condition....Say cancer, that they'll automatically win. Or vice versa...That they have something that seems relatively minor, like Sinusitis, and can't win. Both are incorrect.
I highly recommend you read the thread "Not sure how to feel."
Here is the direct link:
It goes into what happens at hearings, how to position oneself and etc. Lots of good information.
Let's briefly look at the two examples I provided above, Cancer and Sinusitis:
Cancer is a horrible disease, no doubt about it. But, people recover from it all the time. Many are able to withstand the side effects and work at least part time. If the cancer is treatable, then they may recover nearly fully.
Sinusitis on the other hand is a term for serious allergies. Some may think it's something one can deal with easily and shouldn't be even close to disabling. In most people it's not. However, if one's Sinusitis is chronic and causes them severe headaches, lots of infections, and as a result, ends up on lots of pain meds and etc., then the side effects of the condition, especially the meds, can disable someone rather easily....Especially if no improvement or change is expected. It's all about how one positions the condition and how it effects them on a day to day basis.
Additionally, Doc support is crucial. All good disability applications have a Doc who is firmly in their corner vouching for the applicant. So, in your case, if you've got a Doc or two (two is a slam dunk in most cases) who can say that this condition is causing lots of issues for you, then you've not got a weak case, but rather a strong one.
Pain meds are huge IMHO. First of all, the fact that one is taking them, is indictative of the condition in general. Secondly, the pain meds present all sorts of problems for potential employers. Many won't let you on their site location while taking them. At the very least, the meds make one loopy at times, causes sedation, effects driving, and a host of other issues to numerous to mention here.
The first and most important step is to see your Doc and ask if he'll support you. Make your case on how this condition is adversely effecting your life and all the complications. In my case, I went to my Doc and told him point blank that my condition was effecting my job and it was only a matter of time before things caught up to me and if I lost my job in some type of downsizing, I'd be very hard pressed, if not impossible, to find another one based on all the meds I was taking. For example, I'd never pass a pre-employment drug screen.
I didn't emphasize the meds to him, but he knows what I was referring to. And because he put me on all the meds and was treating me regularly, he was very supportive of my request.
So, I hope all of this is making sense. In your case, you indicate you have "widespread" pain. This seems, at least on the surface, to be something that you could make a very strong case out of....Especially given that you take pain meds. And, it goes without saying that the stronger the meds one takes, the stronger your case is for all the obvious reasons.
Please let me know if you have any questions.