The Pros and Cons of a Two-Day CPET

The CPET is a test used by some people to document ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There are two kinds of CPETs: one day and two day.

Two-day CPETs are run by the Workwell Foundation in California and by Betsy Keller in Ithica New York.

CPETS are most commonly used for disability through your employer. They are sometimes used by people applying for Social Security disability, but this is less common.

The Upside of the Two-Day CPET

💮 The people who perform the test have detailed knowledge of ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

💮 This test produces a detailed report that analyzes your level of disability, and describes your limitations based on solid medical evidence.

💮 Many people report that this test was a big help for their disability cases – especially for people applying for disability through an employer (LTD).

💮 Because it is a two day test, it may show your symptoms were worse the day after exercise (post exertional malaise).

💮 Because it is a two day test, it may be able to more accurately show the full severity of your condition.

The Downside of the Two-Day CPET

💮 Some of our readers report worsening of health symptoms from this test.

💮 Some people report that they were not warned ahead of time about the health risks. Before going forward, please learn as much as you can: Real Life Stories from CPETs

💮 This test is not covered by insurance and generally costs $2,000+

💮  You may need to travel to take this test.

💮 There is a misconception that the two-day CPET is a “Guaranteed win” for disability. The two-day CPET has certainly been a great help in many disability cases, however it is by no means a guaranteed win, and we have heard from readers who were denied after CPET tests.

💮 If applying for Social Security, the two-day CPET might get ignored because of the Acceptable Medical Source rules. Learn more here: CPET Test for People Applying for Disability

Thanks for Reading

🌷 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability 

🌷 Learn more about this topic here: How to Get a CPET (Maybe)

🌷 Art on this page by Robin Mead and Elizabeth D’Angelo.

🌷 Page Updated: 8/1/19

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