Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is described by the CDC as a long-term illness which causes many parts of the body to begin to stop working. This can be shown by fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and the inability to perform normal activities. Symptoms of this can come from dizziness, difficulty concentrating, thinking, and pain.
Gulf War Veterans who develop Chronic Fatigue do not have to prove where this illness first arose. A service-based connection is not needed as long as it emerged while you were serving in Southwest Asia. You must also be at least 10% disability to qualify.
What can you do?
Since symptoms of this can vary from person to person, make sure to get a medical diagnosis in order to successfully determine if Chronic Fatigue is what you suffer from. The medical professional will ask questions about your family history and your all around symptoms to come up with an accurate claim. Make sure that during this, you talk to your doctor about how the symptoms affect your everyday life. CFS is difficult to diagnose because the cause is not definitively known. The CDC has come out with diagnostic criteria which aid in ruling out other causes.
If you have Chronic Fatigue, you will have trouble completing normal everyday tasks. These can be as simple as preparing dinner or getting up in the morning. CFS can appear through flu-like symptoms with a sore throat, fever, headache, and muscle aches. It will also be accompanied by being overwhelming exhausted, where rest is not helpful. This illness is not only something that can affect your health, it can also put I hindrance on your family and personal life.
For treatment, a medical professional will work with you to make your pain and symptoms more manageable so you are able to carry on from day to day life. The treatment methods could be finding ways to manage the symptoms, coping techniques, acupuncture, yoga, antidepressants and other treatment options. Your healthcare provider can work with you to find the best treatment available.
What does this mean?
For Gulf War Claims, it is highly likely for your claim to be denied based on a low diagnosis from your medical professional. With this being said, just because your CFS claim is denied, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to receive compensation for Chronic Fatigue. Email us, and we can help you with your next steps.