Dr Eleina May 11, 2018
FIBROMYALGIA symptoms include widespread pain in the body, as well as problems with memory, changes in mood and feeling worn. But what is the condition, and is it classed as a disability, meaning you’re eligible for benefits?

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Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age.

It is a long-term chronic disorder, but its exact cause is unknown.

The condition causes widespread pain in the body, but discomfort can vary depending on the person.

The pain may be worse at some times than others, and can feel like a deep ache in your muscles, like a burning or throbbing, or intense, persistent pain.So is fibromyalgia classed as a disability, meaning your eligible for benefits?

Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to be experienced by the sufferer between the ages of 20 and 60, though the condition is more common with increasing age

According to Fibromyalgia Syndrome, fibromyalgia can be identified as a disability and Personal Independence Payment may apply to you.

Like Disability Living Allowance, the benefit is given to individuals who cannot work and find it difficult to cope by themselves. It is then split into three levels and each level is representative of the nature of the condition.

The site explains: “In order to qualify you must complete a medical assessment which is carried out by an independent doctor once your application has been received and processed.

“This examination will determine whether or not the information you have provided in your application is correct and will also assess at what level you may qualify for assistance.”

But, fibromyalgia can affect people in different ways, and is a difficult illness to diagnose, meaning it may take some time before your doctor reaches a diagnosis.

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