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What Is The Difference Between Fibromyalgia and CFS?

Understanding Fibromyalgia and CFS

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can be debilitating for someone who is afflicted with either of these conditions. Although they both share similar symptoms, they do have some differences.

Fibromyalgia and CFS are both covered conditions under long-term disability. However, they are extremely difficult for doctors to diagnose — which can make a long-term disability case challenging. Here’s what you need to know:

The Similarities Between Fibromylagia and CFS

While fibromyalgia and CFS have similar symptoms, people with fibromyalgia often suffer from pain-related symptoms, and people with CFS often describe fatigue as the dominant symptom. However, both conditions may have the following symptoms in common:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Loss of concentration
  • “Foggy” memory
  • Dizziness
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Why Are Fibromyalgia and CFS Long-Term Disability Claims Hard to Prove?

Fibromyalgia and CFS long-term disability claims are challenging to prove due to the lack of diagnostic testing for either disease. Without diagnostic tests such as MRIs or CT scans, there isn’t a way to provide clear evidence of these conditions. A diagnosis of fibromyalgia and CFS are typically made by ruling out other conditions that may mimic similar symptoms.

When You Need a Long-Term Disability Attorney

Since diagnostic testing is not available in determining a diagnosis for these conditions, insurance companies often deny long-term disability claims related to fibromyalgia an CFS.

Doctors that are hired by long-term disability insurance providers often contradict the diagnosis, which can leave the affected individual without the long-term disability benefits that they deserve. While fibromyalgia and CFS disability claims are complex, having an experienced disability lawyer on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim.

Our Lawyers Specialize in Disability Insurance Claims

Because our law firm has always focused only on disability insurance, our lawyers are experts in legal representation for disability insurance benefits.

That means our disability lawyers have:

  1. Won several major disability lawsuits that help make better law for disability claimants;
  2. Experience fighting every major insurance company, such as UNUM, Hartford, MetLife, CIGNA, Prudential, and more.
  3. Successfully represented hundreds of clients and won millions of dollars in disability benefits.

Because federal law applies to most disability insurance claims, we can help clients across the country.

Disability insurance companies have lawyers. You should too. Call Dabdoub Law Firm to get experienced disability lawyers on your side.

We can help with:

  • Submitting a disability insurance claim;
  • Appealing a long-term disability denial;
  • Negotiating a lump-sum settlement; or
  • Filing a lawsuit against your disability insurance company.

Call for a free consultation with a disability attorney. No fees or costs until you get paid.