How To Win Your Fibromyalgia Social Security Disability Case the First Time – Or On Appeal As a former Social Security disability examiner, I was always frustrated and saddened when a Fibromyalgia case came across by desk that lacked the important and critical information that would, if complete, help move those cases much faster through the system. In many cases the information would get the person allowed. Without it, the processing time was generally extended from 90 to 180 days or longer and the likelihood of denial was much greater. As a private pilot I have always made a point of using a checklist before I ventured out into unknown skies. I think the word or words are proactive and in control. These same principles are critical when filing for Social Security disability benefits. The reason most if not all Fibromyalgia cases are denied by Social Security disability determination examiners, Social Security doctors and Hearing and Appeals judges – is the lack of solid personal, medical/psychiatric and vocational evidence that will support an unquestionable allowance. How To Make It Happen – The Puzzle Most people that have been denied Social Security disability benefits in Fibromyalgia cases is because they have the false and dangerous assumption that their medical evidence alone will be strong enough to stand on its own merit to get them allowed. Unfortunately this thinking continues to put a lot of deserving people in harms way. Most all of the successful Social Security disability Fibromyalgia cases are allowed on strong personal, medical/psychiatric and vocational evidence. The personal, psychiatric and vocational evidence is the leverage that’s critical to getting you across the finish line a winner. Why? Typical with Fibromyalgia cases is the major depression caused by the severe and continuous pain and lack of sleep. The depression can and does some serious mental limitations with respect to completing normal daily activities like cleaning, shopping and cooking. More serious is the degree that social functioning is also severely affected with respect to your inability to get along and interact with others, as well as the social isolation resulting in the inability to keep a job because of the severe pain and depression. The final and most significant blow with respect to your inability to work and being allowed Social Security disability benefits is how your concentration; persistence and pace are severely affected as a result of your severe pain and depression. All are important in reference to your inability to sustain focused attention and concentration sufficiently long enough to permit the timely and appropriate completion of tasks commonly found in work settings. Having current personal and psychiatric evidence will go a long way to verify the fact that you are unable to do your past work or any other work without exception. In closing I can only hope that some of the information I have shared with you will make your journey to get the disability benefits you deserve less taxing. Sincerely, Michael Davidson President The Summit Organization, Inc.