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Tsarelka V. Sec'y HHS

Date: 
01/01/1988

Fibrositis. Although Appeals Council was uncertain that fibrositis is a recognized disease, it emphasized that the nomenclature used to diagnose a condition is immaterial to a finding of disability. Medical expert's sworn statement that "if claimant has fibrositis" she is disabled, not sufficient to establish finding of disability where claimant was not undergoing any treatment and expert did not know if fibrositis would respond to therapy. The failure to follow restorative treatment without good cause can lead to a finding of not disabled.


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