What medical test was the most helpful for your disability approval?

Artwork: Robin Mead

Thank you to everyone who shared their story of getting approved for disability for our survey. The majority of responses on this page came from people who were diagnosed with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

We also received responses from people with Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Environmental Illness, and related conditions.

These conditions often overlapped, and most people were approved based on a combination of different illnesses.


50% or more of our readers sited this test as important and helpful:


25% or more of our readers sited these tests as important and helpful:


5% or more of our readers sited these tests as important and helpful:

  • Sleep Study
  • QEEG brain mapping
  • POTS test
  • Medical sign: Muscle spasms (directly observed by physician)
  • Blood work: NK function test
  • Blood work: autoimmune abnormalities
  • Blood work: elevated inflammatory markers.
  • Bloodwork: Thyroid autoantibodies
  • Bloodwork: elevated mast cell mediators
  • Bloodwork: Low cortisol
  • NASA “lean” test


How Did You Get Approved for Disability? (All Survey Results)

How to Use the Social Security Ruling for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

More medical tests that help with disability applications

Updated April 2018. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working. If you found this page helpful, please share it with others by pressing one of these magic little buttons: 

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