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New Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Will Help Long Term Disability Claims

Posted in Health Info, Long Term Disability / ERISA, Social Security Disability

It’s all in your head!  You do not have "objective medical evidence" of a disabling condition!  Your symptoms are "self reported" and not supported by "testing"!  Any chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) sufferer whose disability claim has been denied by either Social Security or an LTD insurance company has seen these infuriating phrases before.  As reported by Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN last week, a new study and test for CFS may put an end to this injustice.

Despite ample clinical evidence of disability from treating physicians, many ME/CFS and FM patients and couldn’t get past "objective evidence" roadblock put up by ERISA disability plan administrators.  Social Security finally caved a few years ago by issuing a ruling telling Administrative Law Judge’s that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome claimants did not need objective medical evidence to prove that they were disabled.  Like other auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia (FM), lupus and sarcoidosis, CFS is primarily diagnosed based upon the patient’s reported symptoms

The new study involved stomach biopsies done through endoscopy which revealed a strong association between enterovirus and CFS.   While a confirmatory stomach biopsy might not change the course of treatment for any chronic fatigue syndrome patient, it could be the evidence that long term disability lawyers need to obtain benefits for clients from disability insurance companiesGotcha Unum and MetLife!   For any of my disability insurance claim clients fighting a CFS case, I will be sure to tell them to discuss an upper GI endoscopy with their treating physician.  It could mean the difference between winning and losing your long term disability claim.

  • Gilly

    Hi.
    I was reading the article about New Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome I think by Dr. Chia
    Web page… http://www.disabledworkerlaw.com/2007/09/articles/long-term-disability-erisa/new-test-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-will-help-long-term-disability-claims/
    I just want to say. I am diagnosed with Chronic Farigue/Fibro Mylagia and I have discovered for myself that food creates symptoms or pain/stiffness, tiredness and feeling ill.
    I have worked out if I keep to fruit and veg I can feel better but if I have too much of this at one time I am so tired and suffering.
    I have told my Doctor this and she will not send me for any tests. If possible can u email something that I can show to my Doctor about the new test and research to it so I can print it and take to my doctor?
    I am in North Wales. U.K.
    Do you know anyone who is researching this in the UK?