Myalgic encephalomyelitis is a chronic, debilitating disease that primarily affects the neurological system. The most prominent symptom of the disease is severe fatigue, and myalgic encephalomyelitis is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Those who suffer from it may experience chronic physical and mental exhaustion, and they may experience a lack of energy to get through the day. There are also other symptoms that sufferers may experience, and some of these symptoms include:
- Speech and coordination issues
- Regular headaches and sore throat
- Cognitive issues
- Pain in muscles and joints
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with vision
These are just some of the symptoms associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis. Since it is a multi-systemic disease, it can have many other effects on different parts of your body. Each individual with myalgic encephalomyelitis will experience the disease in a different way.
While the cause of myalgic encephalomyelitis is not known for certain, some of the suspected causes include low blood sugar, viral infections, allergies and anemia. Another possible cause is attacks on your immune system by your own body. This would make myalgic encephalomyelitis an autoimmune disease.
If you or someone you love has myalgic encephalomyelitis, you are probably well aware that this is a disease that can have major impacts on your life. It can drain your energy and stamina to the point that you are unable to work. If you are unable to work, you have become disabled. Suffering from a disability is something that is beyond your control, and it is something that means you need help.
Getting SSDI for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial benefits for individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is the most common form of disability benefit, and it is available those who have worked in the past but are now unable to do so due to a disabling condition such as myalgic encephalomyelitis.
It may be your first time applying for SSDI. We can help with that. It is also possible that you have applied for SSDI already but have been turned down. This is not uncommon for first-time applications. We can also help in this situation.
You may wonder if you need representation from a disability attorney when applying for disability. Allowing a disability attorney to represent you with your case can make a big difference in the outcome. Disability applicants who are represented by a disability attorney are more likely to have their applications approved.
A disability attorney knows the ins and outs of disability law. The SSA has specific eligibility criteria they will use to determine if you meet the definition of disabled as a result of your myalgic encephalomyelitis. If, however, you do not meet these criteria, it is still possible that the SSA will consider you disabled based on other factors. When the law is this tricky to navigate, you need an attorney with experience in this area.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis can make it nearly impossible for you to maintain gainful employment. If you or a loved one suffers from this condition and cannot work as a result, don’t go into the fight for the disability you are entitled to alone. A disability attorney can provide the help you need to succeed with your case.