I've never understood how the disability system worked in this country. Some of the sickest people I take care of get denied disability and some folks with a normal MRI and chronic back pain haven't worked a day since Obama became President. Some patients ask me, a hospitalist, to please fill out their disability papers. Some doctors would jump at this chance to charge them a paperwork fee, but I respectfully decline these opportunities by telling patients I am just not qualified to make disability determinations.
How is it that some folks struggling with the ravishes of end stage burned out work ethic get to collect their check every month while other folks can't seem to catch a break? I have no idea. If you have fibromyalgia and you are one of those lucky few who figured the system out, congratulations. You deserve the praise of the medical community. Because, you're, well, smarter than us doctors. This fibromyalgia someecard helps to explain: