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Chronic fatigue syndrome is a mysterious condition that causes sufferers to spend all of their time feeling extremely tired. The fatigue that is associated with this condition can make it difficult for sufferers to concentrate on work tasks, and it may become difficult for people who have chronic fatigue syndrome to complete physical tasks because they always feel that they need to rest.
Social security disability (SSD) benefits may be available for people who suffer from this condition. These benefits are funded by deductions from a worker’s paycheck. SSD benefits come from an insurance program that requires a person to work a certain number of hours per year before collecting benefits. This is not an assistance program.
What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that is not fully understood by researchers. While the cause of the condition is unknown, researchers believe that there is some correlation between the development of chronic fatigue syndrome and factors including sex, age and stress level. Events that cause a disruption in the immune system of the sufferer may also trigger the development of the condition.
Fatigue is not the only symptom that is present when a person suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint stiffness or pain, sore throat, trouble concentrating, swelling in the lymph nodes and headache. Doctors may misdiagnose chronic fatigue syndrome because the symptoms of the condition are similar to the symptoms of many other medical conditions.
People who suffer from the condition may develop depression. A sufferer’s constant tiredness often causes the individual to withdrawal from friends and family members. Excessive work absences may pile up when a sufferer feels extremely tired and achy due to this condition.
Treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome is not able to cure the condition. Antidepressants, sleeping pills and cognitive therapy can be used to lessen the severity of symptoms to allow a person to lead a more normal life.
Qualifying For Social Security Due To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Qualifying for SSD benefits due to chronic fatigue syndromes requires a sufferer to establish that the condition exists by having a medical provider rule out other possibilities. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will be expecting proof that fatigue is not helped with rest and that fatigue is severe enough to significantly reduce a person’s ability to complete work and personal tasks.
The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome must be experienced for a minimum of six months before a person becomes eligible for SSD benefits. There are eight symptoms related to chronic fatigue syndrome that should be documented by a medical professional. A person must experience a minimum of four of these symptoms in order to qualify for benefits.
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic sore throat
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Swelling in the lymph nodes
- Fatigue that is not helped by sleep
- Feeling unwell for a minimum of 24 hours following physical activity
Applying for SSD benefits is a lengthy and often confusing process. Social Security Counseling Center specializes in SSD cases; it’s all we do. Contact one of our experienced SSD attorneys for more information about qualifying for benefits with chronic fatigue syndrome. A consultation is the first step toward getting the benefits that are needed when working is impossible. Call us today at [number type=”1″] or at our toll free number [number type=”3″] for a free consultation.