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Why it is Important to Address Psychological Issues in Your Chronic Pain Disability Case

Over the past several months I have represented fibromyalgia clients at disability hearings in Chicago, Seattle and Midland, Texas. Although the three clients lived far apart geographically, their cases had several things in common.

First, all three were found disabled by the administrative law judge. Second, in my opinion, all three had solid medical documentation of their fibromyalgia (chronic pain) and resulting symptoms. Third, all three had medical histories which included treating physicians prescribing strong narcotic medications to control their chronic pain (they were also taking anti-depressants). Forth, all three had histories of suffering from psychological disorders that resulted from their longstanding chronic pain.

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