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Study: therapies can help those with chronic fatigue syndrome

For anyone in Athens living with myalgic encephalomyelitis it is not unreasonable to assume that they are unable to work. The condition, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, leaves individuals exhausted and unable to do much. Oftentimes any sort of exertion will sap the individual of any energy, cause considerable pain, and force him or her to stay in bed. Since this can happen with even the most minor of activity, it is important that many people with the condition apply for disability benefits.

Fortunately, a new study has shown that certain therapies can help to improve individuals' symptoms. Using cognitive behavioral therapy in combination with graded exercise therapy has shown to "moderately improve" an individual's condition. Researchers also looked at using adaptive pacing therapy, but that alone with specialized medical care was an ineffective treatment option.

This could be excellent news for individuals in the Atlanta region; there may be some hope in improving from this life-altering medical condition. Until they see improvement, however, it will still be vital to utilize disability benefits. The problem with applying for benefits, however, is that the process can be quite confusing. It is more than just filling out a form, but providing credible and sufficient evidence to show you are disabled.

Using a disability benefits lawyer during the application process is a good way to reduce the likelihood of incorrectly filing for benefits. An error could mean months of delay, and what an applicant may think is enough to show a disability may not be enough to convince the Social Security Administration.

Source: The Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra, "Therapies 'moderately improve' CFS," July 11, 2013

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