Possible Link between Nerve Inflammation in the Brain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes extreme (sometimes debilitating) fatigue for unknown reasons. But a new, small study out of Japan might provide some insight.

Researchers from RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Hyogo, Japan, studied nine patients with CFS. They underwent a brain scan, which showed inflammation of certain nerve cells in parts of the brain connected to fatigue and other symptoms of CFS. The scans also found a link between the severity of the condition and the levels of inflammation.

If there is anything to these results, it may help explain the severity of this condition in some people. But it’s not clear if the inflammation occurred at the onset of the disease or if it was a result of it. Larger studies are necessary to verify a link between nerve inflammation and CFS.

Fatigue isn’t the only symptom that patients with CFS may experience. It’s oftentimes accompanied by joint/muscle pain, insomnia, headache, cognitive difficulties and sore throat. The culmination of these symptoms can make it difficult to carry on with daily life. Not only to perform routine tasks, but to work as well.

This type of condition may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. But it’s challenging to prove you’re unable to work because of the symptoms. Anyone seeking disability benefits must complete a Residual Functioning Capacity assessment. This shows how the disease impacts the applicant’s ability to perform specific types of job tasks.

Also, medical records must show the presence of at least four symptoms that have affected the person for at least six months. Proving this requires ample documentation.

Because of the challenges, consult with a representative for legal help and guidance. At Disability Help Group, we can help assemble the evidence and file an initial claim or appeal a denied claim. Call us at 1-(800)-800-3332.