Re: Fibro and disability
I don't know if refusing medication would be like refusing treatment or not. I know that I have limited pain options and at this time, I have opted not to go on some schedule narcotic as I have so many allergies to meds that I am afraid I will run out of options should I need surgery or some other incident in the future. I do know that I was tried on multiple medications that failed and I know that had to have some bearing on my disability claim as I was out of options. I suppose that alternative treatments of massage, topical creams, acupuncture, etc may be enough. But the key to disability is not the disease itself, but how the disease and resultive treatments may alter one's ability to function in the workplace. Many have medication related problems, such as not being able to drive while medicated, or being lethargic on some meds which would definitely affect one's performing a job. If your doctor is supporting your disability claim, I would ask his thoughts on what you have asked here.