Researcher: Chronic fatigue more debilitating than cancer

The Mayo Clinic says symptoms of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis include pain, extreme exhaustion that can last more than 24 hours after exercise, loss of concentration or memory, unrefreshing sleep, headaches and more. The condition is best known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

A DePaul University researcher has been studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME, for a quarter of a century and says the disabiiling condition “is more functionally debilitating than chronic congestive heart disease and cancer.” 

He said there are more than a million Americans with ME. Up to 90 percent of them are undiagnosed, he said.

They know they are sick (often homebound or bedbound), but do not know the name of the condition causing their suffering, he said in an interview.

He and other researchers are trying to unlock the mystery of what triggers ME. He said many people believe that the same virus that causes mononucleosis (mono) can trigger ME.

Unfortunately, when ME hits, employment can become difficult or even impossible. It is one of the conditions that might compel a worker to file a disability insurance claim.

Also unfortunate is the fact that insurance companies will often do their best to deny legitimate claims. For many people struggling with illness and unable to work, disability insurance enables them to keep a roof over their heads and the lights on.

A skilled Milwaukee employment law attorney can help you fight back against an insurer trying to deny your valid disability claim.


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