Researchers at Stanford University recently made exciting and significant progress toward developing a possible diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS. In a pilot study of 40 people, half healthy and half with ME/CFS, all of the patients with ME/CFS showed a potential biomarker, where the healthy individuals did not. More details can be seen HERE
As sufferers of ME/CFS know, the struggle to obtain not only treatment, but mere confirmation of the existence of a real disease, can be overwhelming. While the new test itself is still viewed with significant skepticism due to the study’s small sample size, it could be the first step in finding a reliable, objective test to confirm the presence of this debilitating disease.
Disability insurance companies deny claims based on ME/CFS at an extraordinary rate; not because these claims are not righteous. Rather, without a medically accepted diagnostic test, insurers can dismiss your devastating limitations as mere “subjective reports.” Fortunately for consumers, insurers’ attempts to dismiss such claims can be fought, and won, with the right expertise.
One of the best tools to fight such a denial is CardioPulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET). CPET is an objective test which measures the body’s ability to rest and recover via cardiac and pulmonary measures. CPET is even acknowledged by Aetna Insurance company to be a reliable test to measure functional limitations.
If you or someone you know suffers from ME/CFS and is looking for help with disability insurance and appeals, please contact Kantor & Kantor for a no-cost consultation. We can be reached at (818) 886-2525 or use our online contact form