How I Got Approved for Disability for Fibromyalgia

Art: Robin Mead

Ten stories from super smart people who did super smart things to win their Social Security disability cases for Fibromyalgia (or for a combination of conditions including Fibromyalgia).

If you are applying for disability, you might also wish to check out this page, which has special forms your doctor can fill out to help document your Fibromyalgia symptoms: How to Get Approved for Disability for Fibromyalgia


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!).”

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).

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.”

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.

Laurel Gets Two Great Letters and Two Great Forms

Including samples of the actual forms and letters that helped her win her case.

Lilac’s Neuropsychological Report for Fibromyalgia

If your Fibromyalgia causes problems with memory, focus, concentration or cognitive functioning, neuropsychological testing may be helpful.

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!

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”

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

Seven steps Marigold took to win her claim

Poppy Wins Her Reconsideration in Two Months

Poppy had a hard case to get approved: She was only 28 years old, her doctor refused to help her with disability forms, and she had been turned away by several lawyers.

Updated Jan 2019. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working. If you found this page helpful, please share it with others by pressing one of these magic little buttons:

7 thoughts on “How I Got Approved for Disability for Fibromyalgia”

  1. I just found out my ssi application, based on fibromyalgia and other health issues, was approved–and on the first try! I’m still stunned that I won’t have to appeal, and I have this website to thank for it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  2. Thank you for this article. Sometimes it’s hard for friends and family members to know the exact words they need to say whether they understand the complete illness or not. I have work in the medical field for 15 years andAlthough I understand the dynamic it was very helpful to have this plan of how to get doctors to listen and help.


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