Social Security Disability: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Chronic fatigue syndrome is a medical condition that causes extreme tiredness that is not caused by any other health condition and is not relieved by rest. Some symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Extreme fatigue that lasts more than six months
  • Tiredness that keeps you from participating in activities, such as work
  • Fatigue not relieved by sufficient rest
  • Concentration problems and confusion
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches or muscle weakness
  • Sore lymph nodes in the neck and/or under the arms

In some cases, chronic fatigue syndrome may also be known as immune dysfunction syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and various other terms.

When suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to participate in work or social activities. If your chronic fatigue is inhibiting your ability to earn a living, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Unfortunately, diagnosing your medical condition and getting it sufficiently documented for your disability application can be a daunting task without an experienced SSD lawyer who knows the process.

We Help Individuals With Chronic Fatigue Seek Disability Benefits

Living with chronic fatigue can be frustrating, especially when you are counting on your income to support yourself and your family. If you are living with conditions that significantly impair your ability to work and earn an income, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to alleviate your financial strains as long as you are suffering from the condition.

Unfortunately, diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome can be difficult because many people — including your doctors — may be skeptical about your concerns. It often involves a process of tests and ruling out other causes for such symptoms to get properly diagnosed. Once diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to get the condition properly documented by your medical professional, including the full scope and limitations caused by the condition. This documentation will be crucial in preparing an application for benefits for this type of disability. Our SSD attorneys have the experience, diligence and commitment to assist you in this process.

Contact Our Pennsylvania SSD Lawyers at Dugan & Associates, P.C.

Questions about obtaining Social Security Disability benefits? Our knowledgeable SSD and SSI lawyers at Dugan & Associates, P.C., can answer your questions, address your concerns and guide you through the legal process. We can also guide you through the SSD appeals process if your application was denied. Contact our disability lawyers at Dugan & Associates, P.C., by calling 412-353-3572 or toll free 888-9-9-D-U-G-A-N to arrange a free consultation.