Social Security disability certainly can offer a significant financial helping hand for those who simply are unable to work due to physical or mental conditions. However, disability benefits don’t just replace lost income. They also can give ailing Pennsylvania patients the hope of reclaiming some of their health. This is particularly true for patients suffering from fibromyalgia — a chronic disorder characterized by fatigue and musculoskeletal discomfort.
A new study shows that Social Security disability benefits are prevalent among those with fibromyalgia. The study took place over a one to 13-year period and involved more than 2,000 patients with fibromyalgia who had been diagnosed by a physician. In the study, almost 35 percent of patients with fibromyalgia obtained Social Security disability.
At the end of the study, however, about 31 percent of disability recipients were not receiving benefits any longer. Although the use of disability is high among fibromyalgia patients, the prevalence of these benefits is higher among those with rheumatoid arthritis. It also is higher for those with osteoarthritis, researchers said.
Filing for disability insurance can be a nerve-wracking experience for an individual with fibromyalgia or other health problems. Many question whether the Social Security Administration will end up accepting or denying his or her claim in Pennsylvania. Getting word that one’s claim has been denied can make an individual feel helpless and often angry. However, knowing the laws related to disability benefits may enable patients to fight for their rights and continue to fight to obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
Source: prohealth.com, Prevalence of Social Security Disability in Fibromyalgia Patients, Frederick Wolfe, Feb. 13, 2014