Individuals with CFS can be eligible to receive SSD benefits

On Behalf of | Dec 12, 2023 | Social Security Disability

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that around 3.3 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis. The defining characteristic of this health condition is persistent, unexplained fatigue that isn’t relieved by rest and can’t be attributed to any other underlying disease. Interestingly, fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity.

The condition is debilitating, and when it affects your ability to work, you may need additional support. If that is the case, you can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits after a CFS diagnosis.

Identifying the symptoms of CFS

Along with fatigue, individuals with CFS may experience additional symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  1. Memory problems, trouble concentrating or “brain fog”
  2. Unexplained muscle or joint pain
  3. Headaches of varying intensity
  4. Unrefreshing sleep or insomnia
  5. Extreme exhaustion lasting more than 24 hours after physical or mental exertion

At times, symptoms of CFS may mirror those of the common flu. This includes consistent sore throat or swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits. The exact cause of CFS remains unknown. However, research suggests it might stem from the body’s prolonged overreaction to an infection. It can also be due to other immune system disturbances. Researchers think CFS may be related to long COVID.

SSD benefits could be needed during this period

If you have CFS and it prevents you from working, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help you. The Social Security Administration (SSA) acknowledges CFS as a valid medical condition. So, if you are suffering from it, you might qualify for SSD benefits. However, this doesn’t guarantee your eligibility. In your application, you must demonstrate that your symptoms significantly affect your ability to work and meet the technical requirements of SSD. You’ll also need to provide evidence of a medically determinable impairment and illustrate how your condition restricts your work capacity.

Claiming these benefits can be complex and occasionally met with skepticism. However, with a well-prepared and substantiated application, you can navigate these complexities and potentially secure the benefits you need to live a more manageable and financially stable life.