Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The pain is often long term, and can be linked to fatigue, depression and anxiety.
The cause of fibromyalgia is not well documented however some specialists believe that it may be caused by physical or emotional trauma, sleep disorders or an infection.
Although it is possible to work while you have fibromyalgia, it is important to learn how to manage it so that you reduce the symptoms. If you work in a setting that generates a great deal of stress, you will need to learn different stress coping techniques such as deep breathing or short meditation.
However, if you work in a setting that requires demanding physical labour, some more drastic measures may need to be taken. This can include asking for less physically demanding work, switching departments, or in some cases finding a new job altogether. Since Fibromyalgia causes joint and muscle pains, any type of employment that may strain these regions should be avoided.
Income assistance for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia
It is important to keep in mind that fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose making fibromyalgia and disability qualifications a grey area. In fact, the National Fibromyalgia Association published research that indicated it usually takes between three to five years to the condition to be diagnosed. To date, fibromyalgia is diagnosed based on the individual's description of the symptoms and not based on any medical tests. Because of this, it can be easy for perfectly healthy individuals to mimic the symptoms.
In most jurisdictions, you will qualify for disability if you can prove that you are suffering from a severe impairment that is inhibiting you from maintaining a normal daily life and earning a livable wage.
It is therefore very important to keep records such as a doctor's note for all the days that your symptoms caused you to miss work.
How to find a fibromyalgia treatment center
Depending on where you live, there may be different treatment centers and support groups designed to assist individuals suffering from this condition. You can usually obtain a list of treatment centers from your physician's office or the local pharmacy.