When you take pride in your work, the thought of not being able to complete your job duties can be overwhelming. If you view your career as a part of who you are, like an extension of yourself, a disabling condition like fibromyalgia can devastate you – both mentally and physically.
But when you know your body is declining, you might also face concerns about your financial future. And although Social Security Disability (SSD) might not solve all your concerns, qualifying for benefits could help pay for your expenses as your ability to work fades over time.
How fibromyalgia might affect your body
While some people might believe that SSD is only for the elderly or those who live with lifelong disabilities, you might be able to get benefits due to a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Causing widespread pain and fatigue, the condition could prohibit your ability to safely perform your work functions.
Though fibromyalgia can affect individuals differently, the most common symptoms include:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Migraine headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disturbances
If you start noticing these symptoms in your body, you might be wise to talk with your doctor about a diagnosis and treatment options. From there, you may be able to seek financial assistance.
Social Security Administration (SSA) guidelines
Fibromyalgia is not yet an impairment specifically listed by the SSA. However, that is not to say your condition is exempt from receiving benefits. Once certain criteria are met and the SSA determines you have a medically determinable impairment (MDI) of fibromyalgia, they will evaluate the severity of your condition when determining whether you are disabled.
It is important to remember that even if the SSA denies your initial application for SSD benefits, you may appeal that decision. If you find yourself in such a position, providing further support of your request for benefits could help you reestablish your financial footing as you focus on meeting your medical needs.