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Fibromyalgia may keep you from working, but you have options

Thousands of Americans deal with the chronic and debilitating pain caused by fibromyalgia, and you may be one of them. In fact, your condition could be severe enough to keep you from working or severely limit your ability to participate in everyday activities, including doing certain aspects of your job. 

If you are not able to hold gainful employment in New Jersey due to your physical condition, you could have a rightful claim disability benefits. Securing the support you need when you are unable to work due to fibromyalgia can be difficult, but you have the right to seek the support and counsel of a disability benefits attorney. 

The symptoms and effects of fibromyalgia

This condition is internal, which means that a person with this condition may not look like he or she is sick, yet the disease can cause serious muscle pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia can experience tenderness in the following areas:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Hips
  • Arms
  • Legs

This pain can make it difficult to sit, stand, move normally or do other things without pain. While no one knows exactly what causes this illness, it is real and can have a real impact on a person's life. In addition to the painful areas on the body, a person with fibromyalgia can also experience the following:

  • Stiffness in the mornings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Excessively painful menstrual periods
  • Problems with memory or thinking clearly
  • Tingling in the extremities

Anyone can get this disease. Doctors and researchers have yet to come to a full understanding of how this illness starts and affects the body, and you may only be able to treat your symptoms. Certain diets and lifestyle changes can help ease the pain and difficulty of the side effects, but you may still not be able to work much or work at all.

Eligibility for disability benefits

Those who are unable to work because of fibromyalgia may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. Because the disease is considered a debilitating condition, someone suffering from fibromyalgia would be wise to seek legal help in order to secure disability benefits.

If you will not be able to work for a period of at least one year because of this disease, you would be wise to seek either Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits. You have the right to legal guidance as you navigate this process, even before you file the initial claim.

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