Social Security Administration Recognizes Fibromyalgia as Medical Impairment

Posted on August 9th, 2018

Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia are concerned that, because fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnoses, that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not recognize their disability.  Courts have long recognized that fibromyalgia is a potentially disabling impairment; however, effective July 25, 2012, SSA recognized that fibromyalgia is a medically determinable impairment, and it can be used to establish a level of disability with appropriate medical evidence. The professionals at Eric Buchanan & Associates know the ruling comes as good news for thousands of fibromyalgia sufferers.

In order to present thorough evidence to the SSA, a claimant must be diagnosed by a licensed physician (and M.D. or D.O.) and meet “the 1990 American College of Rheumatology Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia” or “the 2010 American College of Rheumatology Preliminary Diagnostic Criteria.”

The SSA will also recognize additional medical evidence, realizing that signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia, as well as pain levels, vary from day to day, and may even be absent. Finally, sufferers of this debilitating illness have received the recognition they deserve and will be able to get the disability benefits they need.

The experienced disability team at Eric Buchanan & Associates can help you get the benefits you deserve. Whether your case involves  ERISA long-term disability or Social Security disability law. Give us a call today at 877-634-2506 or email us at  to set up your appointment.