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Chronic fatigue syndrome can greatly affect a person’s everyday life. The fatigue won’t go away even if the person has rested and have enough sleep. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS is also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME.

The individual affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may feel extreme tiredness. It will last for a long time and will limit your ability to perform basic task and function normally. This condition can affect your life tremendously on several levels.

Mild CFS – the individual may be able to take care of himself but may need to take a lot of days off from work.
Moderate CFS – sleep patterns are disturbed and there is an urge to sleep in the afternoon, you may have reduced mobility but the symptoms may vary.
Severe CFS – the individual may be able to carry out the minimal task, still with no mobility but greatly reduced at this point. Not able to concentrate or focus on anything.

There is no known cause of CFS. However, there are several theories that may contribute to the development of CFS. These are:

  • Infection caused by a virus or bacteria
  • Immune system disorders
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Stress and emotional trauma
  • Genes or family history

Some experts believe that individuals who are susceptible to the disorder are because of their family history.
The symptoms of CFS and severity of the disorder can vary from one person to another. Some individuals may have one or more of the following symptoms while others may have all of the symptoms listed.

  • Severe headaches, joint and muscular pain
  • Poor memory and poor concentration, poor thought organization and cannot find the right words to say on almost anything
  • Lymph nodes can become painful
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea may be present
  • Sore throat
  • Insomnia can be a problem and feels that sleep is not refreshing
  • Sensitivity to light, loud noise, to certain food and alcohol
  • Depression, panic attacks, and irritability

The symptoms can be debilitating since this will greatly affect a person’s ability to lead a normal life.

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If you think you are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).