How I Got Approved for Disability for Fibromyalgia

Artwork: Robin Mead

Ten super smart people who did super smart things to win their Social Security disability cases for Fibromyalgia. Most people on this page were not approved based solely on Fibro. They were approved for a combination of Fibromyalgia and other conditions related to the Fibro.

Violet Wins Her Case with a Function Form

🌺  When I got to court, the lawyer said I had the best documentation she had seen all month.

Daisy Wins Her Case with a Doctor’s Letter

🌺 Two weeks before my hearing, I met my attorney and he told me that I needed a doctor’s letter to make my case stronger. (He was right!).

Marigold Gets Approved in Six Months (without a lawyer!)

🌺  Seven steps Marigold took to win her claim

Carnation Makes a Medical Outline

🌺 Carnation’s outline was so good, and so helpful, the judge copied and pasted the entire thing right into her approval letter!

Sunflower Gets Approved for Disability from Toxic Mold

🌺 After being exposed to mold in her apartment, Sunflower got approved for disability based on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Depression and mold exposure.

Peony Wins Her Case Despite “Normal” Test Results

🌺 You don’t have to prove you are sick. You have to prove you can’t work. It seems like a small shift in perspective, but it is significant

Zinnia Uses the Social Security Ruling for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

🌺 Zinnia was approved for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She used the Social Security Ruling on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to help get approved. 

Buttercup Makes the Best Disability Application Ever Seen

🌺 Buttercup was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, along with many other conditions. (After approval, Buttercup discovered that the source of her problem was actually chronic Lyme Disease). 

Poppy Wins Her Reconsideration in 5 Easy Steps

🌺 Only 7% of Requests for Reconsideration are approved. Here’s how Poppy did it.

Belladonna Turns Water into Wine

🌺 My doctor said she would not fill out disability paperwork. I was so upset.

Roselyn Gets Approved by Using the Magic Words

🌺 Roselyn was applying for a different program, but we still included her story here, because it will totally help your disability application, and you should totally read it. 

Learn More

🌺 Check out this page for a link to a special form you can give your doctor to help document Fibromyalgia in Social Security applications: How to Get a Great RFC Function Form

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