Fibromyalgia is a legitimate medical condition that the Social Security Administration recognizes may be disabling. According to Social Security's rules, fibromyalgia is "a complex medical condition characterized primarily by widespread pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, or nearby soft tissues that has persisted for at least 3 months." Further, the rule states that fibromyalgia "can be the basis for a finding of disability," but that to do so, it must be "established by appropriate medical evidence."
For purposes of disability under Social Security and SSI, physical and mental impairments, in combination, are taken into account. An "Intellectual Disorder" is a type of mental impairment that can result in disability if it is severe enough and if there is the right kind of documentation of it.
The most common way of establishing that an intellectual disorder is disabling is to show that it meets criteria known as "Listing 12.05." There are two different methods for determining whether an intellectual disorder meets this Listing.
Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits ("SSDI") and Supplemental Security Income Benefits ("SSI") are two of the more common disability programs administered by The Social Security Administration. The differences between the two programs have very little to do with how hurt or sick a person must be in order to be eligible. For the most part, if someone is "disabled" under one program, then that person is also "disabled" under the other. The differences between SSI and SSDI mostly have to do with money.
If you need to file a Social Security Disability Application, then please contact Abernathy Disability Law for assistance in filing your application. Mr. Abernathy would prefer to be involved from the very beginning of your case, when possible. He does not charge a fee for an initial consultation, and many times your application can be filed during that meeting. If you need to file an SSI application, Mr. Abernathy cannot file that application for you, but it would still be beneficial to discuss your case with him from the beginning. If you choose to file your application on your own, there are several options available.