Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder that causes extreme tiredness and exhaustion for no apparent medical reason. People with chronic fatigue are limited by these symptoms, which do not improve with rest or other usual treatments for exhaustion. Fortunately, you may be able to receive Social Security disability benefits for chronic fatigue.
How Can I Get Disability Benefits for Chronic Fatigue?
The Social Security Administration considers severe chronic fatigue a disability. In order to receive benefits, you must demonstrate that your condition limits your ability to perform “substantial gainful activity.” Essentially, this means that your disability prevents you from working and earning more than $1,130 per month.
Your chronic fatigue must be medically diagnosed. The basic signs of chronic fatigue are:
- New or recently developed fatigue and exhaustion
- No other contributing physical or mental disorders
- You do not exert unusual amounts of energy before feeling fatigued, and the fatigue is not improved with rest
- Your work ability is severely limited. Your social life and daily functioning is also negatively affected
In order to be diagnosed with chronic fatigue, you must experience at least 4 of its symptoms at the same time. These symptoms include:
- Feeling tired for more than 24 hours after exertion (such as exercise, household lifting, etc.)
- Severe decreases in short-term memory or focus
- Muscle or joint pain
- Abnormal headaches or waking up still tired
- Sore throat
- Tender lymph nodes
A doctor will consider these major symptoms before diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome. Many symptoms that are more specific fall under these categories. Speak openly with your doctor about your condition and experience.
Your chances to receive disability benefits for chronic fatigue improve greatly if you have a medical diagnosis. Once you provide this evidence, the SSA will consider how severely your condition limits your work ability and daily functioning. You will receive benefits if they determine that it prevents you from performing substantial gainful activity.
Contacting a Social Security Disability Lawyer
The experienced disability attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group can help you win disability benefits for chronic fatigue. We help our clients build strong, successful cases every day.
You will only pay us if we win your case. If you have any questions or want to start a claim, contact us today for a free consultation.