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Fibromyalgia can be devastatingly painful

In many cases, those suffering from fibromyalgia may experience fatigue, memory issues, sleep loss and mood issues, according to the Mayo Clinic. These can all be considered disability qualifying conditions by the Social Security Administration, but much of this illness is a mystery. Symptoms may start via surgery, infection or physical trauma; once they have started there is no cure. Those suffering from severe effects should apply for disability benefits to help ease the costs of medical bills and an inability to work.

A recent study, which was printed by The Daily Herald, found that there may be a tie between chemicals in everyday food and fibromyalgia symptoms. There could be a link between bowel function and the pain from this disease, as the study looked at 57 patients who had both fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. It found that eliminating dietary compounds such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame may help ease the symptoms from this illness. On the diet, 31 participants showed improvement in their symptoms.

“The results demonstrated that there was a significant worsening of fibromyalgia symptoms in those patients when they were taking MSG compared to the placebo, which strongly suggests a link between irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia,” Patrick B. Massey wrote on the website.

While it may not be known what can fully help those with fibromyalgia, little pieces of the puzzle like this may be helpful in curbing some of the most painful aspects of the disease.

Although fibromyalgia affects females more than men, some men can be stricken by this illness as well. In any case, it is important for claimants to keep their doctors informed of the limitations and pain they experience. This information is important to have for good medical treatment, but it is also evidence of the disabling symptoms the patient is experiencing.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates are experts in proving fibromyalgia claims and have prevailed in hundreds of cases before the Social Security Administration.