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Psoriatic Arthritis And Your Social Security Disability Claim

Arthur Young

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic, painful disease that affects about 1 million men and women in the United States alone. If you're afflicted with this condition, can you qualify for Social Security disability benefits? Possibly. This is what you should know about the disease and how to get your claim approved. 

Psoriatic Arthritis Is An Autoimmune Disorder 

Psoriatic arthritis is a type of autoimmune disorder. There's no definitive test for it, but one of its hallmarks is a scaly rash (psoriasis) that typically appears around the elbows, knees, scalp and genital areas (although it can appear anywhere on the body). Inflammation and pain can occur in various joints and ligaments, but sufferers of this particular form of arthritis often develop the worst pain in their fingers, elbows, ankles, and feet.

In addition, patients may experience back pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Individual fingers and toes may swell up like sausages, a condition known as "dactylitis." Many patients experience an increase in symptoms due to humidity and temperature changes, and may find walking or climbing stairs to be painful during a flare.

There Is No Cure And Treatment Can Add To Your Problems

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. Worse, people who have the disease often suffer from other conditions as well, which can make treatment complicated. It isn't unusual for people with psoriatic arthritis to also have hypertension, fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes, or even other autoimmune disorders. 

Many of the medications used to treat psoriatic arthritis, such as methotrexate and corticosteroids, come with their own set of problems. They can cause weight gain, fatigue, nausea, and difficulty concentrating, among other problems. The struggle to cope with the disease itself, combined with the side-effects of medication, can often make it impossible for someone to work and can drastically lower a patient's overall quality of life.

You Can Qualify For Social Security Disability 

People with psoriatic arthritis can qualify for SSA disability, but it's important to explain to the disability examiner exactly how both your medical conditions and your medications affect you. The more specific you are on your application, the better your odds of approval.

Here are some examples of how to word statements on your application for benefits:

  • The pain and swelling in my fingers increase my pain level from a 4 to an 8 within an hour of typing. I am unable to pull files, write legibly, or concentrate because of the pain.
  • The medication that I take to control the pain in my joints causes me extreme nausea and dizziness. I have to lay down for an hour or two after every dose, and I take my medication three times every day.
  • The skin lesions are very visible on my hands, arms, and neck. I am embarrassed and it has caused me to become severely depressed over my appearance. I avoid going to church, family gatherings, shopping, and other social functions because of it.
  • The pain in my feet and ankles goes to an 8 when I have to walk more than five or ten minutes at a time. I now use a walker or motorized cart at the grocery store because I can't manage without.

Keep in mind that these are simply examples and that you want to tailor your statements to your particular situation. The key is to be as specific as possible about the way different activities affect you, how long you can tolerate a specific activity, and in what ways you are limited.

If you are having trouble with your Social Security claim due to psoriatic arthritis, don't lose heart and don't lose hope. Contact an attorney (such as Todd East Attorney at Law) who handles Social Security claims for additional assistance.


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Have you recently been let go from your job? Do you feel that the termination was illegal in any way? It is time for you to stand up to unfair employment practices by your former employer. An employment attorney helped me get through an impossible time more easily. I had no idea how serious the repercussions for terminating my position could be for the company, nor did I know how much the company would owe me for doing so. Thankfully, the attorney took the time to answer each and every question that I had and discussed all of my options. I have included much of what I learned on my website to help others learn what they could be owed if they were unlawfully terminated from their jobs.

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