Fibromyalgia, Is it Real and Can it be Caused or Aggravated by My Work?

Posted on 12/27/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation fibromyalgia

There was a period years ago where all one had to do to be deemed 100 percent permanently disabled from fibromyalgia was to memorize 18 areas on your body which should hurt when pressure was lightly applied (assuming you had the disease). California rheumatologists were having a field day diagnosing thousands of Workers Compensation claimants with fibromyalgia, caused or aggravated by employment.

In 2004, when the legislature incorporated the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides into our Workers Compensation laws, fibromyalgia ceased to exist – at least in Workers Compensation – for a time.  Another hard to diagnose (objectively speaking) disorder has already stepped into the void: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRS).  Symptoms include burning sensations in the muscles, aches and pains and, supposedly, faster growth of hair and nails.  This condition is found within the AMA Guides and can be compensable – if found to have been caused or aggravated by one’s job.

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*The above article was published in the January 2013 edition of The Magazine of Santa Clarita ~  All rights reserved.


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