Gut Bacteria May Be a Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Researchers have sought a quantifiable and definitive measurement for diagnosing chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) ever since doctors first classified the condition. This type of disabling condition may qualify you for Social Security disability benefits if you can obtain a verified diagnosis and prove syndrome-related limitations.
What does the study say?
A new study from Cornell University might hold the key to a biological cause of CFS. The study included 48 people diagnosed with CFS and 39 healthy controls. Analysis of the participants’ stool samples revealed the patients with CFS experience reduced diversity in their gut bacteria.
Pro-inflammatory bacteria comprised the majority of the CFS participants’ gut bacteria. These bacteria trigger many types of stress and disease within the body. The gut biome of the CFS patients was similar to patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Researchers found another sign of increased inflammation in the CFS patients’ blood samples. The samples contained markers of inflammation and may be a sign of leaky gut syndrome connected to the pro-inflammation bacteria in their GI tract.
These new identification methods helped increase the accuracy of CFS diagnosis, resulting in a correct diagnosis in 83 percent of the study participants. Researchers are now looking to use the gut bacteria analysis and inflammation markers as a non-invasive and quantifiable means of testing for CFS.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Makes Qualifying for Disability Benefits Difficult
Because chronic fatigue syndrome is still a very new condition, doctors do not fully understand its mechanisms. This makes many doctors reluctant to assign this diagnosis and may favor other similar diseases with like symptoms.
If you received a denial for Social Security Disability Benefits for a CFS diagnosis, contact the Disability Help Group at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates.