My symptoms are real. Why is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so hard to diagnose?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or CFS, is what’s known as a medically unexplained illness—in other words, a group of chronic symptoms with no known cause. In some cases, symptoms are so severe that the affected individual is unable to perform basic job functions and disability benefits may be his only option for income.

Unfortunately, it’s going to be an uphill battle—starting, as you already know, with the arduous diagnosis process.

Here are just some of the problems with diagnosing CFS:

  • Symptoms vary significantly from person to person.
  • Many other conditions demonstrate similar symptoms.
  • No medical tests seem to definitively show signs of the disorder.
  • Symptoms can improve or worsen with no warning.
  • Many physicians are unable to identify—or refuse to believe—signs of CFS.

Working with a doctor who will help by ruling out other illnesses through extensive testing is your first step to working towards a disability claim. Keeping careful records of your ailments and conditions and documenting these with your doctor will be important.

It can be extraordinarily difficult to win a disability claim for CFS without working with a skilled

Lincoln disability attorney from the beginning of the application process. When you’re ready to file your claim, contact Cuddigan Law at 402-933-5405 or [email protected]. We offer a free case evaluation to discuss your case and explain your rights and the process. Our complimentary report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is yours for the asking.

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska