Activate Now
ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Alcohol intolerance in CFS - gives us a clue as to the mechanisms of fatigue

The "Mind Diet" Reduces the Risk Of Alzheimer’s Dementia. Might It Also Help the Brain Fog Found Wit...

Need Help with Pain Management? There's an App for That

Simplifying Nutritional Support in CFS & Fibromyalgia

How Walking to Bathroom Can Be Harder Than Running a Marathon: A Doctor’s ME/CFS Case Study

Ask the Doctor: Is CFS an onset to fibromyalgia? What is the difference?

How Multiple Chronic Illnesses Shaped One Woman Into a Patient Advocate

Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract

Is Your Body Your Friend and Healing Ally?

Birds of a Feather: The Joys of Community

Print Page
Email Article

Prevalence of Social Security Disability in Fibromyalgia Patients

  [ 12 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • February 13, 2014

Editor's comment: This study looked not only at the incidence of fibromyalgia patients receiving Social Security disability but also evaluated which factors were the strongest predictors of who would need/receive SSD. They found that approximately one-third of fibromyalgia patients received SSD. Not surprisingly, the strongest predictor was functional status.

Social security work disability and its predictors in patients with fibromyalgia

By Frederick Wolfe MD, et al.


Purpose: To determine prevalence and incidence of US Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSD) in patients with fibromyalgia, and to investigate prediction of SSD.

Methods: Over a mean of 4 years (range 1-13), we studied 2,321 patients with physician diagnosed fibromyalgia (prevalent cases), and applied modified ACR 2010 research criteria to identify criteria positive patients.

  • During the study, 34.8% (95% CI 32.9, 36.8) of fibromyalgia patients received SSD.

  • The annual incidence of SSD among patients not receiving SSD at study enrollment was 3.4% (3.0, 3.9%),

  • and 25% were estimated to be work disabled at 9.0 years of follow-up.

  • By comparison, the prevalence of SSD in rheumatoid arthritis patients with concomitant fibromyalgia was 55.6% (54.3, 57.0) and was 42.4% in osteoarthritis.

  • By study conclusion, 31.4% of SSD awardees were no longer receiving SSD.

  • In univariate models, incident SSD in patients with fibromyalgia was predicted by socio-demographic measures and by symptom burden; but the strongest predictor was functional status (Health Assessment Questionnaire disability [HAQ]).

  • In multivariable models, HAQ and SF-36 Physical and Mental Component Summary scores, but no other variables predicted SSD.

  • Fibromyalgia criteria (+) patients had more SSD, but the continuous scale polysymptomatic distress (PSD) index derived from the ACR criteria was a substantially better predictor of SSD than a criteria positive diagnosis.

Conclusions: The prevalence of SSD is high in fibromyalgia, but not higher than in RA and OA patients who satisfy fibromyalgia criteria. The best predictors of work disability are functional status variables. © 2014 American College of Rheumatology.

Source: Arthritis Care & Research, February 10, 2014. By Frederick Wolfe MD, Brian T. Walitt MD MPH, Robert S. Katz MD and Winfried Häuser.

Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

[ Be the first to comment on this article ]

Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Vitamins and Supplements for ME/CFS Support

Featured Products

MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness

Natural Remedies

Eating Fat is Good… Maybe… Could Be… Sometimes Eating Fat is Good… Maybe… Could Be… Sometimes
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health
Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging
Guarding Against the Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency Guarding Against the Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency
Strengthen Cell Function with Energy-Boosting Niagen Strengthen Cell Function with Energy-Boosting Niagen

What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing