Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (“SEID”), is a debilitating, often misunderstood disease. It is generally characterized by severe, overwhelming fatigue that does not improve with rest, and post-exertional malaise – or the inability to recover normally from even minimal physical or cognitive exertion. Individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also experience general weakness, cognitive problems, unrefreshing sleep, muscle or joint pain and flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no known treatment to cure this disease.
Knowing how to substantiate your claim (e.g., through medical evidence, proof of treatment, etc.) will help increase your chances of approval. Here’s what you need to know before filing your long term disability claim for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.