Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
This is an impairment that can become debilitating and prevent a person from performing sustained gainful activity. However, it is difficult when trying to establish a claim under the Social Security Disability criteria. This difficulty is because diagnostic studies and lab studies are unlikely to be able to substantiate the diagnosis.
Many people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome frequently suffer from other conditions. Thus, it is important for an attorney to develop evidence of all impairments since this can further increase the likelihood of proving disability and receiving benefits.
People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome frequently complain of many of the following symptoms: sore throat, tender or swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain/tenderness, multiple joint pain, severe headaches, unrefreshed sleep, post-exertional malaise lasting over 24 hours, cognitive difficulties, low-grade fevers, muscle weakness, vertigo, depression, anxiety.
Treatment can be complex. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/) there is no cure nor prescription medication that has been developed specifically for CFS. Symptoms of the disease vary among individuals. They can be mild to severe and also cause feelings of depression, guilt, anger or anxiety. The cause of CFS remains unknown even though a great deal of research has been conducted.
Since diagnostic testing will usually be unable to establish the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, doctors may take a long time to establish the diagnosis.
It is important that your treating doctors note your symptoms as part of your records. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing.
We understand your concerns and that it’s difficult to deal with a government agency when you are trying to also deal with your debilitating condition. We are available to help you through the process of applying for your disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Contact us at 800-641-9781 and let our experience help you.
At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.