Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects the musculoskeletal area, causing pain, mood issues, memory loss and lethargy. In most cases fibromyalgia symptoms start after a traumatic or high stress event, infection and surgery. Women are more susceptible to develop the disorder than men. Many people with fibromyalgia also suffer from other conditions like anxiety, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome and depression.
Although there is no cure for the illness, medications can help control symptoms along with relaxation techniques and regular exercise.
Do you or a family member suffer from fibromyalgia? You might qualify for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits.
Researchers and doctors are still studying the reasons why fibromyalgia occurs or the causes that trigger the condition. They agree that an amalgamation of different factors might be responsible for the condition including genetics, infections, and both physical and emotional trauma.
There is a trend of the condition running in families so studies suggest that certain genetic mutations might put you more at risk of developing fibromyalgia. Certain infections also trigger the condition and post-traumatic stress has also been connected with fibromyalgia.
Most patients with fibromyalgia experience pain, in the form of a constant dull ache that starts in the muscles, above and below the waist. In more severe cases the pain occurs on both sides of the body. Pain arises in certain areas, known as tender points; pain occurs when each of these locations is pressed firmly.
These ‘tender point’ areas are: upper chest, upper and sides of hips, back of head, inner knees, top of shoulders, between shoulder blades and front and side of the neck.
Disability Tax Credits for Fibromyalgia
Do you suffer from daily aches and pains due to fibromyalgia? Is the condition seriously affecting your quality of life? Do you have a family member with the disorder? You might consider applying for the Disability Tax Credit under more than one category, including, but not limited to, walking, feeding, dressing and mental functions.
Once you qualify, at HandyTax we have representatives who can help you claim Canadian tax benefits. Get in touch with us today!