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The pain and limitations in your daily activities that come with having fibromyalgia can make it impossible for you to work.

If this is happening to you, both your health and your personal finances are at risk. Social Security Disability benefits can ease your stress when you can’t earn an income—providing monthly checks to help you survive.

But winning disability for fibromyalgia is hard.

Fibromyalgia can be difficult for other people to see and understand. Every case of it is different. Symptoms can fade and surge back. Social Security Disability claims examiners might question the pain and other effects you’re experiencing.

The attorneys at Bothwell & Hamill can help you build a strong claim for Social Security Disability benefits with fibromyalgia. We take the time to understand what you’re going through.

Bothwell & Hamill helps people win benefits in Yakima, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Spokane, Richland, Ellensburg, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and anywhere in Central Washington.

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms that Interfere with Work

Fibromyalgia can cause multiple debilitating symptoms, leaving you unable to work. Proving that you can’t work because of your condition is the key to winning disability benefits.

Symptoms include:

  • Full-body pain
  • Stiffness
  • Exhaustion
  • Digestive issues
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating, often called “fibro fog”

Fibromyalgia pain is unusual. Bouts of pain can last for months.

Doctors agree that fibromyalgia is more common for people who have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, but they still don’t know its root cause.

If you’re wondering whether your case of fibromyalgia qualifies for disability benefits, the lawyers at Bothwell & Hamill will evaluate your claim for free and let you know your options.

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What if My Fibromyalgia Disability Claim Gets Denied?

If your initial claim for Social Security Disability benefits is denied, don’t get discouraged. Most people get denied at first. Then they must submit an appeal.

Don’t wait: You have 60 days to start your appeal.

The process of appealing is more complicated than applying. It can include testifying about your health problems and inability to work in front of a Social Security judge.

You can improve your chances of winning benefits by having an experienced lawyer at your side, someone who knows Social Security’s unique legal system.

Attorney Tom Bothwell has worked with this system for more than 40 years and has helped more people win benefits than any other lawyer in Central Washington.

If fibromyalgia is keeping you from working, he’s here to help you reclaim your life.

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What Do I Need to Prove Disability for Fibromyalgia?

In a 2012 ruling, Social Security recognized how much fibromyalgia can disrupt your life and listed guidelines for winning disability benefits with this condition.

The most important ingredient in proving your disability case is medical documentation.

You’ll need to provide:

  • Reports from doctors outlining your symptoms
  • Records of treatments you’ve undergone
  • Testimony from friends, family, neighbors or employers about how fibromyalgia affects you

Gathering all of these records to submit to the Social Security Administration can be a daunting task. Fibromyalgia is already draining your energy level. Go easy on yourself by enlisting a Bothwell & Hamill lawyer to build your claim.

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Yakima man who won Social Security Disability benefits with the help of Tom Bothwell.

Mr. Bothwell and his staff were not only knowledgeable and to the point, but took the time to answer all of my questions and kept in touch with me during the entire process.

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