Hi LBL! I am currently applying for disability (due to my fibro) also (in RI), and SS has requested that I go to one of their psychologists. Now, I do
have depression, along with anxiety due to my Fibro, however, I don't see a therapist regularly. (long story).
Anyway, although I know many people have been successful in getting Disability for their Fibro, I've also noticed that many of them had 'other' underlying illnesses that went along with it. Personally, I think Disabiltity still questions the validy of Fibro. (how sad is that)
I've had not one, not two, but FOUR, yes FOUR doctors dx me with Fibro, and I live with the pain everyday, so I'm very aware of how real it is, I don't have any other underlying conditions (with the exception of the depression/anxiety which I honestly believe is not what 'disables' me!) I just wish the rest of the world, including Disability, would realize just how dibilitating this illness can be to many of us.
I agree, you should do whatever disability asks of you, even if you don't feel it is necessary. Also, from what I'm told, here in RI it's quite normal in the process to get denied the first time, it apparently takes a couple of tries before you get approved. (IF you get approved.) So, if MA is anything like RI, don't take that first denial as the final verdict. (Also, I would recommend you use an attorney that is well versed in Disability law with Fibro...they're out there.)
Hope this has helped you a little bit, good luck to you!