Social Security, CFS and FM
Compiled by Melissa Kaplan
The most important factor that people with CFS, FM, chronic pain, MCS and similar disorders have a problem understanding is that just being diagnosed with one of these disorders is not enough to qualify for disability. Instead, SSA looks for documentation of functional impairment. It is not enough that you cannot do your former job: the question is can you do any job and earn enough money to support yourself. (Note: what SSA considers "enough" to support oneself in reality hovers at or below the official poverty level, which, depending on which side of that level you fall on, may or may not make you eligble for Medicaid, HUD housing assistance, and food stamps.)
From Social Security
SSR 95-5p: Policy Interpretation Ruling Titles II And XVI: Considering Allegations Of Pain And Other Symptoms In Residual Functional Capacity And Individualized Functional Assessments And Explaining Conclusions Reached
2002 Red Book on Employment Support: A Summary Guide to Employment Support available to People with Disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs (Known as The Red Book)
From Other Resource
Winning Your Disability Case with the Help of Co-Workers, Family Members and Friends, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
Winning Your Disability Case in Three Words Frequency, Severity and Duration, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
Winning Your Social Security Disability Claim: 15 Mistakes You Can Not Afford to Make!, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
Five Crucial Steps to Winning your CFS Disability Case, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
Disability Claim Killers - What you don't know could be fatal to your Fibromyalgia and CFS claim!, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
Why it is Important to Address Psychological Issues in your Chronic Pain Disability Case, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
How To Talk with your Physician about Supporting your Disability Claim, by Scott E. Davis, Esq.
Relation between neuropsychological impairment and functional disability in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1998 Apr;64(4):431-4. Christodoulou C, DeLuca J, Lange G, Johnson SK, Sisto SA, Korn L, Natelson BH.
Functional status in patients with CFS, other fatiguing illnesses, & healthy individuals. Am J Med. 1996 Oct;101(4):364-70. Buchwald D, Pearlman T, Umali J, Schmaling K, Katon W.
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