When you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or ME/CFS, every aspect of your life becomes more challenging. That includes trying to make a living.
Some people with mild to moderate cases of FM and/or ME/CFS are able to continue working full-time, although they may require some job modifications or “reasonable accommodations” in order to do so. Others are no longer able to work full time but can still manage a part-time workload. Many who are more severely ill find that working any kind of job is just no longer possible. At that point, it may become necessary to apply for disability.
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Unfortunately, navigating the disability maze is not a simple task. Whether you’re applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from the government or long-term disability insurance benefits from a private insurer through your employer, there’s a good chance your claim will initially be denied. Then begins what can be a very long, drawn-out appeals process, often requiring you to hire a lawyer to help you get the benefits you deserve.
ProHealth is conducting a survey to learn more about patients’ experiences with both work and the disability process.
Please take the survey on Work & Disability here.
If you would like more information about Job Accommodations, Social Security Disability Insurance or Long-Term Disability Insurance, see: Fibromyalgia – Work & Disability or ME/CFS – Work & Disability