I was just wonder if anyone out there has gotten disability for fibromyalsia? I had to quit work 9 months ago due to pain and fatigue. I applied for my disability shortly after I was unable to work and was denied. I filed an appeal but they still haven't made any type of decision. I don't know if it's the same everywhere but in the state of WV I was basically told that as long as I can still walk, write, and take care of most of my basic needs (i.e. feeding myself, bathing, dressing), that I was not disabled under their laws.
What I don't understand, is how they can say you're not disabled and should be able to hold down a steady job when you can't drive yourself because you fall asleep behind the wheel, you're in so much pain that you have to take pain meds (percocets) just to even think about functioning and then they make the fatigue worse, and there's a lot of days that I can't even get out of bed on my own let alone take care of my basic needs. Most days, I can't even write my name because I can grip the pen. I guess apparently, the one making the decision doesn't know much about our condition.
Also what really gets me with this whole mess is they send you for a physical exam. The physician they sent me to only asked what my symptoms of fibromyalsia were. He didn't ask if I was in any pain that day, to what extreme it affects my daily life or anything even relative to the fibromyalsia. And the exam, well let's just say, his physical was nothing more than a basic physical including a breast exam. Now tell me what a breast exam has to do with fibromyalsia?
If there anyone out there that has been through this, please give me some advice. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm also interested to know what you did to get your disability if your willing to tell.
--Steph (short for Stephanie)