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FIBROMYALGIA, SMALL FIBER NEUROPATHY and MIGRAINES

While the regulations specifically recognize fibromyalgia as an impairment, many Administrative Law Judge is our load to base benefits on it.

We recommend that claimants who have such a diagnosis speak to their provider about testing for small fiber neuropathy. See https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30238382/.  You can print this article off from the link and take it to your doctor.

The other approach we recommend taking is looking at the frequency of migraines as are commonly seen in fibromyalgia cases. The Social Security regulations specifically acknowledge that migraines may be equivalent to one of the listed impairments. If the record demonstrates treatment for migraines with appropriate medication and the individual would miss work due to the migraines, it may be a persuasive case.

This analysis is another reason why you should speak to a Social Security attorney who has knowledge of both the regulations and the medical evidence that can help you in maintaining a successful claim for disability benefits.