A 51 year old former police officer retained me after her application for Social security Disability (“SSD”) benefits was denied. When I reviewed her claim file, I found hundreds of pages of longitudinal medical records, many from the Veterans Administration, as she had been in the Army Reserves. However, there were no reports explaining the severity of her symptoms and their impact on her functionality.
The claimant’s primary problem was fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia claims are often difficult to establish because they are largely dependent on subjective evidence. Fortunately, the claimant’s rheumatologist and her family doctor were beach familiar with the claimant’s problem, and provided reports explaining how the fibromyalgia not only satisfied the medical criteria for the syndrome, but also limited her functionality. The claimant was approved for SSD shortly after I submitted those medical reports.