Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/rulings/di/01/SSR2014-01-di-01.html

(4/3/2014) POLICY INTERPRETATION RULING

PURPOSE: This SSR clarifies our policy on how we develop evidence to establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment (MDI) of CFS and how we evaluate this impairment in disability claims and continuing disability reviews under titles II and XVI the Social Security Act (Act)…

People with CFS may have co-occurring conditions, such as fibromyalgia (FM),[17] myofascial pain syndrome, temporomandibular joint syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis,[18] Raynaud’s phenomenon, migraines, chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, or Sjogren’s syndrome. Co-occurring conditions may also include new allergies or sensitivities to foods, odors, chemicals, medications, noise, vibrations, or touch, or the loss of thermostatic stability (for example, chills, night sweats, or intolerance of extreme temperatures)…

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