This page will feature information about the benefits fibromyalgia sufferers may be entitled to, depending upon how their fibromyalgia effects their lives.

The subject of benefits can be a very emotive topic for people with Fibromyalgia. It can be very difficult in practice for Fibromyalgia sufferers to access benefits and often people find the subject quickly gets very complicated. People often miss out, or choose to go without benefits because they don’t understand the system, find it a difficult process to go through and find it can take a long time to get to a stage where they are getting the benefits they are entitled to.

However the law states that Fibromyalgia sufferers are entitled to state benefits in the UK if certain criteria apply. This section is designed to give you the information you need to assess for your self if you believe you are entitled to benefits and inform and assist you, whilst going through the process. In recent years the benefits system has gone through a lot of reform and these reforms are often very controversial. The systems have been changed in an attempt to make sure benefits go to the people that need them and not to the people that don’t. Unfortunately in practice it can seem as though the reverse is true. It is also important to realise that it can take a long time and an awful lot of work to get to a stage where you are getting the correct benefits. I want to be honest, clear and open from the start, this process can take over a year.

My advice to you is this: If you believe you are entitled to benefits once you understand them, then waste no time in applying for them, as it can be almost impossible to get any of them backdated. Keep an organised record of all correspondence and make notes of all telephone calls along with their dates, times and to whom you spoke. Consider asking a close friend or family member for help, particularly if you find it hard to complete forms, talk on the telephone, or have any of the cognitive problems associated with Fibromyalgia. If you do not have someone to help you then consider asking for help through the Citizens Advice, or other organisations or charities.