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Is Fibromyalgia a Disability?

My fibromyalgia symptoms sometimes make it extremely difficult for me to work. A friend suggested that I look into disability compensation for my disorder. Is fibromyalgia a disability?

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In a strictly legal sense, fibromyalgia may qualify a person to be on disability (to receive Social Security disability benefits), depending on certain criteria. However, in order to qualify for disability, a person must show that he or she is incapable of performing their work due to the condition.
 
Given the long history of fibromyalgia being considered a questionable and perhaps not legitimate disease, it is possible that people applying for disability due to fibromyalgia may encounter roadblocks. However, fibromyalgia is now considered a recognized, valid medical condition, so these roadblocks may be overcome in appropriate situations, although you may require the help of an experienced lawyer and a skilled healthcare provider.
 
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