Question: Is Fibromyalgia A Protected Disability?

Is Fibromyalgia a Recognised disability in the UK 2020?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recognises Fibromyalgia as a real and potentially significantly disabling condition..

Can you lose the ability to walk with fibromyalgia?

It can also affect your ability to lift, carry, push, pull, and grasp. Those who experience joint pain as a result of fibromyalgia may also have difficulty bending, lifting, walking, and performing other common actions required in physical work.

What is the root cause of fibromyalgia?

The cause is unknown, but risk factors include traumatic injury, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, and genetic factors. There is no cure, but medications, exercise, acupuncture, and behavioral therapy can help relieve symptoms and improve sleep quality.

Does fibromyalgia worsen with age?

Maybe. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease that is often a lifelong condition. But fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease, meaning it will not get worse over time.

What is the new name for fibromyalgia?

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a serious, long-term illness that affects many body systems. People with ME/CFS are often not able to do their usual activities.

Does fibromyalgia come under the Disability Act?

Most members with fibromyalgia will be covered by the Equality Act, though not all. Very few conditions are automatically covered under the Act and fibromyalgia is not one of them. Instead you have to demonstrate that a member meets the definition of a disabled person as set out in the Act.

What benefits can I claim if I have fibromyalgia?

As a sufferer of Fibromyalgia you may be entitled to a range of welfare benefits. The benefits you may be entitled to due to fibromyalgia include; Attendance Allowance (AA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Can fibromyalgia be debilitating?

Fibromyalgia is often debilitating due to pain that can interfere with a patient’s life. For example, many individuals report trouble sleeping, which can lead to exhaustion and fatigue. Feeling tired and in pain on a routine basis also can negatively impact mental health, leading to issues such as depression.

Should you tell your employer you have fibromyalgia?

It might help you to know, however, that just because you tell your employer about your illness doesn’t mean your co-workers will know. It’s illegal for your boss, human resources manager, or any other higher-ups at the company to disclose your health status to other employees, or anyone else, for that matter.