Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as CFS or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), is a condition that affects a person’s daily life in that they feel constantly drained, fatigued, or without energy. This is characterized further by not finding relief through sleep or rest. It is a complex illness that does not have a known cause. While anyone can have CFS, studies show that it is a condition most prevalent in women ages 30 to 50. CFS can be taxing both physically and mentally.
CFS can often have side effects of depression, anxiety, irritability, emotional instability and more. It also takes a role in affecting cognitive abilities often manifesting itself through forgetfulness, confusion and difficulty focusing or concentrating. All of these effects can greatly affect a person’s ability to work, study, or even carry out simple, everyday tasks and chores.
Common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are:
- Sore throat
- Memory loss
- Hindered concentration
- Extreme exhaustion following strenuous activity (lasting more than 24 hours)
- Muscle pain
- Enlarged lymph nodes in neck
Ultimately, CFS is a disability that can greatly hinder a person’s life. The constant fatigue a person with CFS suffers allows for many mistakes in the home and in the workplace. Many of these mistakes can lead to severe injury in some cases. The difficulty concentrating can make it difficult to keep a job after repeated mistakes. But because CFS can be difficult to diagnose, it can be difficult for someone to be granted disability benefits for CFS.
Even with a doctor’s diagnosis of CFS, Social Security may require more evidence of CFS. This could be anything from extensive documentation of medical history to documentation of thorough physical examinations consistent with symptoms of CFS. Proving CFS is a notoriously difficult, uphill battle that could only be resolved with an experienced attorney.
If you or a loved one has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and are fighting for disability benefits, you need to contact a lawyer who could help. Don’t wait: Contact the law offices of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan today to schedule your case consultation. Contact using the online form or call 877.423.4878 today.