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Common reasons that fibromyalgia may lead to SSDI

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Social Security Disability

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder. People with it often experience widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances and cognitive issues. The symptoms can be severe enough to impact their ability to work and perform daily activities.

In such cases, applying for SSDI benefits may be necessary to provide financial support.

Chronic pain and fatigue

The hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain. It can be debilitating and persistent. Individuals may experience widespread pain throughout their body, including muscles, joints and tissues. Work-related activities that require physical exertion or prolonged periods of sitting or standing may not be possible. Additionally, fatigue is a common symptom of fibromyalgia and may affect a person’s ability to maintain employment.

Difficulty concentrating and memory issues

Many people with fibromyalgia experience difficulty concentrating, memory problems and “fibro fog.” These cognitive impairments can affect a person’s ability to perform job tasks that require attention to detail and problem-solving. Remembering instructions may become tricky. As a result, people may struggle to meet the demands of their job. They may need accommodations or modifications to their work environment.

Limited functional capacity

Tasks such as lifting, carrying, bending and reaching may be challenging or impossible for people with severe fibromyalgia symptoms. These limitations can make it difficult to maintain employment and earn a sustainable income.

Multiple co-occurring conditions

Fibromyalgia often coexists with other medical conditions, such as arthritis, depression, anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome. The presence of these comorbidities can exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms and further impair a person’s ability to work. Managing multiple chronic conditions can be overwhelming.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, treatments such as medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms. However, some people may experience limited relief from these interventions.

In such cases, applying for SSDI benefits in Missouri can provide financial support while people focus on managing their condition and improving their quality of life.