If your symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are preventing you from working, you may be entitled to disability benefits. In early 2014, a new ruling was created that helps the Social Security Administration evaluate the severity of chronic fatigue and how it contributes to your disability. SSR 14-1p helps to clarify what evidence is needed to prove that you have this impairment, and to prove how severe it is.
Social Security must consider the following symptoms: postexertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours after activity; impaired short-term memory and concentration; sore throat; tender lymph nodes; multi-joint pain without swelling; headaches; and waking unrefreshed. Other symptoms of this condition could include muscle weakness, disturbed sleep, visual problems, dizziness and lightheadedness, heart palpitations and arrhythmias, and gastrointestinal complaints. These symptoms should be documented by your primary physician, and other conditions that cause these symptoms must be ruled out. The medical evidence from your doctor must show that the physical symptoms such as a sore throat or tender lymph nodes must have lasted for about six months consecutively.
Combined, these symptoms must have such a strong effect on you that it prevents you from working on a full-time basis for at least 12 months or more. Social Security will get information about your daily disability, meaning how your daily activities have changed, and how your disability has negatively impacted your life.
If you have other impairments, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, or other conditions that co-occur with the chronic fatigue syndrome, these will be evaluated independently, but may also be considered as proof of the chronic fatigue syndrome.
If you are unable to work because of your chronic fatigue syndrome, contact your disability attorney at Hoglund Law. We can evaluate your case to help determine if your condition meets the criteria that could result in winning your disability benefits from Social Security.