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Securing Social Security Disability Benefits When Suffering From Fibromyalgia - New Study Support Physical Link To Chronic Pain Disorder

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If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, you may be frustrated and confused with your diagnosis.  "Why do I have so many symptoms?" "Why did it take so long to diagnose?"  Is Fibromyalgia a psychological complaint?  Is it a physical complaint?  While it is true that, so far, doctors and scientist have been unable to determine an exact cause of fibromyalgia, a recent study suggest new physical links to the pain syndrome.

Medical News Today reports that a recent study published in the journal Brain Connectivity found that Fibromyalgia patients may have reduced connectivity in the brain.  Specifically, those suffering from Fibromyalgia may have reduced connectivity in the areas of the brain that regulate pain. Why is this important?  According to the study, Fibromyalgia patients may not be able to manage pain symptoms in the same way as those who are not suffering from the pain disorder.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that can cause pain throughout the body.  Individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia may have the following symptoms:

     (1)   Body aches and pain;

     (2)   Fatigue;

     (3)   Sleep disturbance;

     (4)   Headaches;

     (5)   Sensory related symptoms;

     (6)   Muscle pain and weakness; and

     (7)   Digestive problems.

This recent study is another important step to recognizing the physical links associated with Fibromyalgia. If Fibromyalgia can be measured with diagnostic studies, such as MRIs and brain scans, this will allows doctors and researchers to develop new treatments for the condition.  The new studies will also help to disprove the myth that Fibromyalgia is "not real." 

If you are suffering from Fibromyalgia and are unable to work, we want to help you fight for the benefits that you need.  Because there is no definite "cause" of Fibromyalgia and no test to show  "it is real,"  many applications for Social Security disability are denied.  Likewise, because many Administrative Law Judges do not understand Fibromyalgia or dismiss it as "not real," many appeals are also denied at the hearing level.  Your initial application needs to be as complete and accurate as possible.  Do not let mistakes cause unnecessary delays in your case.



Andy Norfleet
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