Rheumatoid Arthritis

Social Security Disability for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Facts About Social Security Disability For Rheumatoid Arthritis

When someone has rheumatoid arthritis it means that they have developed an autoimmune disorder which happens when the body’s immune system attacks their joints. This process causes the joints to become inflamed. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that can occur to anyone but the most common sufferer is a woman who is middle-aged to around 60 years old. Here we will take a look at the approval process of Social Security disability for rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

What Symptoms Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause That Becomes Disabling?

For most people with this condition, they will find that it starts in their feet and hands. It may progress to the shoulders, hips, and knees. The joints will become swollen and they will feel stiff and warm. Some people will experience bumps from this condition that are known as rheumatoid nodules. This condition will often lead to fevers, fatigue, and sometimes it will cause weight loss. When someone has this condition severely enough their joints may become deformed permanently.

Once someone has this condition then they will have it for the duration of their lifetime. There is no known cure for this condition. There are medications and other remedies that can be used to treat the condition and reduce its symptoms. Depending on the level of severity, surgery may also be a consideration.

As this condition progresses a person’s physical ability will be inhibited. They may find that it is difficult to grip things or to hold on to them. They may have problems standing for long periods of time and they may be unable to bend over well. All of these potential conditions can mean that they are no longer able to work at their job. When that happens then they will need to consider applying for Social Security disability.

Criteria For Qualifying For Benefits For Those With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Anyone who wants to apply for disability through Social Security when they have rheumatoid arthritis will need to demonstrate that they have specific impairments that the SSA has listed. The administration puts the medical listing under ‘inflammatory arthritis’ that is pretty long and complicated but it shows how an applicant can demonstrate their disability when they have this condition. The biggest thing is that the individual wanting disability has to be able to show that the condition has greatly limited their physical ability.

If the condition makes it difficult for you to walk because it has made its way to the joints in your legs causing you to have to use a cane or even a wheelchair, then this would be something that could be acceptable to the Social Security Administration. If the inflammation has become so severe that it has permanently deformed your joints then this would definitely be something that would meet the standards required for disability.

The main thing that’s important when putting in an application to SSA is to show them that you have specific conditions that make it no longer possible for you to work. Once you can do that then you should be able to get approved for disability. The process can be lengthy, however. When it comes to putting in an application you’ll need to understand that the SSA will only approve it if everything is done correctly and they are fully satisfied. For an average person, this is most easily accomplished by getting a disability advocate for Rheumatoid Arthritis to help them file for disability.

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