Because you are disabled.

File for disability benefits.

Appeal your case.

How you presented your initial application was the best you could do at that time given what you knew and were told.

But, if you were not successful, appeal (1) because you are disabled and (2) because you can improve on your presentation.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Long Covid & NIH Study on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


A new study on myalgic encephalitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) from the National Institutes of Health also looked at Long Covid whose conditions are considered “closely related,” the Washington Post reported recently.

The Post said that the research was “the most in-depth and multidisciplinary study of ME/CFS to date, involving more than 75 investigators across 15 NIH institutes and taking nearly eight years to complete.” The manuscript was published in Nature Communications.

In summarizing the results, the newspaper noted:  “[t]he research provided clear evidence of physiological abnormalities in ME/CFS patients. . . . [r]esearchers found functional and not structural abnormalities. . . . [and] investigators discovered significant differences between men and women. . . . in immune cell populations and markers of inflammation.

The Post said the study “support[s] the hypothesis that ME/CFS is due to persistent immune activation [or] ‘post-infectious syndromes’ . . . .”  The same characterization may apply to Long Covid and other conditions.

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RE: Social Security and SSI Disability, see SSR 14-1p: Titles II and XVI: Evaluating Cases Involving Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)



Monday, September 25, 2023

Nociception and other pain information


“Why doesn’t my doctor believe I’m in pain?” by Trisha Pasricha, MD, a neuro-gastroenterologist, recommends, among other things, that when you are experiencing pain, that you bring a support person to your next doctor’s visit to help you advocate for yourself.

In my book, “How To Get Social Security Disability & SSI Disability,” I also recommend that you have a Personal Advocate to help support you in a process where many people, not just your doctor, may not believe that you are in pain.


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

NIH Announces New Long Covid Study

Press Release from the National Institutes of Health.  The NIH is opening enrollment for phase 2 clinical trials.