This article discusses chronic fatigue syndrome and how to apply for and successfully receive disability for this debilitating condition.


There are many people that suffer with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but most are not aware that they qualify to get disability for their illness. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Disability (CFSD) can be a very debilitating condition and can render one incapacitated. In fact, many people are so incapacitated that they are unable to carry on with their daily lives (including working and supporting themselves and their families). With this in mind, filing for and receiving disability may be one’s only option.

The problem, however, is that filing for disability can be a tiring and frustrating experience, and it may take a long time to get approved. Sometimes it can take up to three tries to get your disability approved. This is because many people don’t consider CFS a real illness. Those who suffer from it, however, most surely know that it is! With this in mind, many people give up after the first rejection, but one rejection is no reason to throw in the towel.

If you’re considering applying, one of the key things that you need to do is make sure that your illness prevents you from making over $900 a month and that your condition is so severe that it prevents you from engaging in normal activities. In addition, you’ll need to have everything documented to ensure that there are no gaps in your paperwork. This includes signed document statements as well as medical treatments, employment logs, etc. Put all this information together and be ready to defend your case.

Also, you must have persistence and don’t ever give up if you are first told that you do not have a case. You have to keep in mind that just because not everyone understands the debilitating effects of CFS doesn’t mean that your illness doesn’t exist. People who review your case are paid to ensure that no one files false claims, so they will put you through the ringer. They typically look for reasons to deny your case. It is up to you to provide them with reasons they should approve it. Therefore, if you are first told “no,” it doesn’t necessarily mean “no”. It just means that you have to try harder and be more diligent with your reapplication.

The key to trying harder is determining why you were denied and working with your physician or health care professional to provide additional information to prove your illness. Most of the paperwork is really trial and error, so to speak. You do not know exactly what they are looking for until you submit your paperwork. However, if you submit as much evidence as you can, your chances of being approved become much higher.

My best advice is to talk with your doctor about the whole situation, preferably one who has had patients that have been approved for CFS disability in the past. After all, they are most familiar with filing papers for disability, so they generally know what is needed. Then, be fastidious in your medical records as they will look for good documentation on your condition and why it is considered debilitating. Why can’t you work? How long will you be unable to work? What compensation are you looking for? These are just a few questions that you will be up against.

Successful cases are based on the severity of your condition, so the more your doctor puts it in writing the better off your chances of approval. In some instances, you may find that you need to hire a good attorney to represent your case. Many firms offer free consultation and charge you nothing if the case is lost. Shop around to see who has the best reputation for cases won and make sure that they aren’t just out for the share of money they will get from winning the case. Talk with your doctor as they usually have a good idea of what you are up against and how you need to approach the situation.

Kristi Patrice Carter is an experienced marketing consultant and copywriter that has been battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia for over 2 years. She created [http://www.chronicfatiguerelapse.com] to assist others who are experiencing this debilitating condition or hoping to avoid a relapse of symptoms after a symptom-free time. Learn more about Chronic Fatigue Relapse.

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