Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated ongoing disease in which your brain and certain systems of the body suffer from physical and mental exhaustion. It goes by many other names including immune dysfunction syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, post-viral fatigue syndrome and low natural killer cell disease. Under any name, the disorder is characterized by a strong and persistent feeling of fatigue. It is a technically rare disease, as fatigue is usually a symptom accompanied by another illness.
To qualify as chronic fatigue syndrome, the suffering individual must have experienced symptoms for at least six months, the symptoms must not be due to frequent physical exertion, they must not be relieved by rest and they must not be a cause of some other medical condition. Typical symptoms include previously unexperienced headaches, unrefreshing sleep, sore throat, muscle and joint pain, trouble with concentration and a general feeling of extreme weakness and sickness.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is debilitating because it causes a body-wide threat to health, happiness and productivity. A precise definition of how harmful the disease can be has caused some debate in the medical community, as additional symptoms vary and sometimes include increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells, digestive irritability, depression and cardiac and respiratory problems. Whatever the results are that appear with chronic fatigue, the effect on the person’s life can be devastating.
If you have chronic fatigue syndrome and are unable to work as a result, contact disability lawyer Nick Ortiz at 850-898-9904 for more information about filing for Long Term Disability Insurance and/or Social Security disability benefits.