Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue People suffering from fibromyalgia often describe their pain as a constant dull ache. Slight pressure on certain parts of the body--called "tender points" or "trigger points" can significantly increase the pain from fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia often awake tired, although they seem to get plenty of sleep.
Fibromyalgia affects an estimated 6 million people in the U.S. Women are nine times more likely than men to develop the disorder, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age. Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases, there may be no triggering event.
Disability insurance companies improperly deny claims by people who suffer from fibromyalgia because they consider fibromyalgia a “syndrome” and not a real disease. Insurers claim there are no "objective" signs of disability, only the subjective complaints of pain from their insured. They also fail to acknowledge that "tender point" or "trigger point" tests provide strong evidence to support a fibromyalgia claim. When a claim for fibromyalgia is filed, it often starts a process of insurance company delays and denials that place additional strain on the person suffering from fibromyalgia. If you feel that your disability insurer in not taking your fibromyalgia claim seriously, call the DL Law Group for a free consultation.