Can I Receive Social Security Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia?

Yes. However, as you can imagine, it is not easy to obtain disability benefits for Fibromyalgia. If you have been diagnosed with this disorder, you know that there is not a simple objective medical test you can take to determine whether you have fibromyalgia. Because you cannot see Fibromyalgia on an X-Ray or MRI, many judges (and doctors for that matter) are skeptical as to the existence and severity of the impairment. That is not to say that it is impossible to receive benefits for Fibromyalgia. There are some tests such as a “pressure point test” which support a diagnosis for Fibromyalgia. Some judges are less conservative than others in evaluating these claims.

Additional Information:

There are many resources on the web for additional information on Fibromyalgia. One is This website gives you information about your pain, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. It also has a Pain Assessment Tool for you to assess your pain and take the results to your next doctor appointment.

My Experience In Handling Fibromyalgia Claims: I have personally handled dozens of disability claims involving fibromyalgia in hearings before the Social Security Administration.