United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER'S DECISION AND
DISMISSING THE CASE WITH PREJUDICE
Honorable Richard A. Jones, United States District Judge
seeks review of the denial of her applications for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. Plaintiff contends the ALJ erred by failing to
fully account for her fibromyalgia flares. Dkt. 9. As
discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and
DISMISSES the case with prejudice.
is 38 years old, has a high school education, and has worked
as a substance abuse counselor, food/drink server, and
veterinarian assistant. Dkt. 7, Admin. Record (AR) 33.
Plaintiff applied for benefits in March 2015, alleging
disability as of May 7, 2013. AR 85. Plaintiff's
applications were denied initially and on reconsideration. AR
83, 84, 109, 110. After a July 2017 hearing, the ALJ issued a
decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. AR 54-82, 22-35.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the May 2013 alleged onset
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: fibromyalgia, headaches/ migraines, adjustment
disorder, and history of endometriosis.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity (RFC):
Plaintiff can perform sedentary work, further limited to
frequently climbing ramps and stairs; occasionally stooping,
kneeling, crouching, and crawling; and never climbing
ladders, ropes, or scaffolds. She can sit for one hour at a
time, and then needs to stand for five minutes. She can stand
or walk in 20-minute increments. She must avoid frequent
exposure to hazards. She is limited to simple, routine tasks.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff
can perform, she is not disabled.
AR 24-35. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request
for review, making the ALJ's decision the