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Social Security Disability, SSI and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Social Security Disability, SSI and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Applying for Social Security Disability or SSI with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? What do you need to know?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a real condition that affects many North Carolinians with severe symptoms that reduce a person’s ability to perform usual household activities. An attorney or lawyer that handles Social Security Disability, SSI claims can assist you in your claim by presenting your medical evidence in such a way to assist the Administrative Law Judge to understand how bad your condition is and how it prevents you from any type of work.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the 1994 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). SSA will consider secondary symptoms that can accompany CFS as well. The most common is post-activity fatigue. SSR 14-1p. They will also consider other symptoms such as: breathing difficulty; cardiovascular abnormalities; gastrointestinal discomfort; and urinary or bladder problems. CFS often occurs with Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), Raynaud’s phenomenon, or Sjogren’s syndrome among others.

SSA will review a person’s medical records to see if the diagnosis of CFS is consistent with the records. Often doctors will run test to rule out other condition before making the diagnosis of CFS. People who suffer from CFS are prone to catching infections and taking longer to recover than the average person. As with any medical condition, SSA is trying to determine whether a person who suffers from CFS has chronic symptoms that would prevent them from full-time work for no less than twelve months.

It is important to keep your doctor informed of the ongoing symptoms so that your doctor can assist you by documenting your ongoing problems in the medical records. See our blog on What to do During your Disability Claim for more tips.  With CFS it can be helpful to keep a calendar and write down the really bad days when all of your activity is limited. If you keep a calendar like that share it with your doctor so they can look for patterns and so you medical records will be consistent with what you tell Disability you experience.

If you have questions regarding applying for Disability, SSI or have CFS and need to know whether your condition is severe enough for Social Security, give us a call or contact us through our webpage- we’ll be glad to discuss your condition with you.

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