Fibromyalgia Disability


Fibromyalgia is a lasting painful illness that causes muscular pain, stiffness and fatigue. Fibromyalgia can affect any part of the body, but worst parts affected by this are neck, spine, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hips. Sometimes, the disease gets too serious to lead to fibromyalgia disability. Too much pain and suffering could make a person disable.

The number of people suffering from fibromyalgia disability are increasing and almost 5 % to 7 % of people, especially women in America are facing it. The reasons for fibromyalgia are still to be discovered, but latest researches claim that it is caused due to some injury or trauma that affected the nervous system. Fibromyalgia directly affects the metabolism of muscles that could be caused due to decreased blood flow. Some studies claim that this disease is caused due to some virus or infection.

It is very hard to diagnose this disease because the symptoms are much like many other diseases. So, finding out this disease is very tough. Now, The American College of Rheumatology has come up with a criteria that makes it easy to find out fibromyalgia. There are about 18 tender points in body that get affected by fibromyalgia. If a person suffers a problem widespread pain in 11 tender points then it would be diagnosed as fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia sometimes gets terrible to an extent that the person becomes disable. Person with fibromyalgia can also apply for disability benefits. There are not many cases that prove the eligibility conditions for these benefits. The main cause is that this disease does not fall under the list of diseases that fall under disability. Still, this disease is making many people unable to work.

But, there are many disabilities which make a person unable to work. Some of these disabilities are: cognitive disabilities like deafness or hearing disabilities, handicap, learning disability, mental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental retardation and visual disabilities.