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When your daily life is limited by fibromyalgia, sometimes people just don’t want to believe you. They don’t understand what it is, what your symptoms are and how fibromyalgia undermines your ability to function.

You’re the one left with the burden of persuading others, maybe even including Social Security Disability claims examiners, that your condition is real and serious.

When your health problems mean you can’t work, Social Security Disability benefits provide hope. Benefits include monthly checks and Medicare eligibility. They let you worry less about how you’ll put food on the table, so you can concentrate more on your own well-being.

But Social Security denies most people.

That’s why you want to talk to Baynetta M. Jordan, P.C., Attorney at Law. Because around here, we say, “Nobody Pushes West Texans Around™.”

We take the time to understand what you’re going through with fibromyalgia. We treat you with dignity and respect.

We help people win Social Security Disability benefits in Lubbock, Plainview, Midland-Odessa and anywhere in West Texas.

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What You Must Tell Social Security about Your Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia comes with some special challenges when you’re trying to prove you need Social Security Disability benefits.

One of those challenges is the fact that this condition can look so different in different people.

The bottom line for winning disability benefits is that your health problems leave you unable to work. But while you can’t work, other people with fibromyalgia could get treatment to relieve their symptoms and continue working.

For a long time, Social Security didn’t even acknowledge fibromyalgia as a disability. Fortunately in 2012, the agency finally recognized that this condition can cause pain severe enough to be truly debilitating.

So how do you win your fibromyalgia disability case?

You must show Social Security how your case is severe enough to rule out working. You’ll need to provide reports from doctors and medical treatment records that show symptoms like these:

  • You experience whole-body pain.
  • You’re prone to migraine or other severe headaches.
  • You experience stiffness that limits your mobility.
  • You struggle with relentless feelings of exhaustion.
  • You have digestive problems.
  • You have sleep problems.
  • Your fibromyalgia leaves you with anxiety and depression.
  • Your thinking isn’t as clear as you’d like, a symptom people call “fibro fog.”

Social Security’s guidelines for fibromyalgia say you need to show you’ve experienced at least three months of “widespread pain” in both sides of your body and your upper and lower body.

The guidelines further say you must show you have at least 11 “tender points” across your body in a physical examination.

You can start the process of qualifying for disability benefits with fibromyalgia by contacting Baynetta Jordan and her legal team for a FREE consultation on your situation.

Evidence You Need for Your Fibromyalgia Disability Claim

To show Social Security that the symptoms above are impacting your life, you must provide direct medical and non-medical evidence.

This evidence takes these forms:

  • Reports from doctors or other medical professionals you’ve seen about your physical fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Reports from psychologists you’ve seen about your fibromyalgia
  • Records of the treatments you’ve undergone trying to relieve your fibromyalgia symptoms
  • Statements from family members, friends, clergy, neighbors, employers, teachers and other people who know how your health is impacting you

Any Social Security Disability application, whether it’s for fibromyalgia or another condition, requires you to prove that you can’t work at all—not even in a new line of work—because of your health. And your medical conditions must be expected to keep you from working for at least a year.

When you’re living with a condition like fibromyalgia—one that’s complicated, exhausting, and doctors don’t even fully understand the causes—dealing with a lot of forms, steps, documents and rules can feel overwhelming.

Baynetta Jordon takes care of that, so the process is a little easier on you.

In a difficult time in life, you deserve the peace of knowing that someone is listening to you, and your fibromyalgia disability claim is in good hands. You won’t even pay an attorney fee until you win benefits.

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