Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
This in an inflammatory type of arthritis that causes joint pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, etc. Diagnostically, Rheumatoid Arthritis can be confirmed through various tests that indicate an elevated sedimentation rate, antinuclear antibodies or serological testing for rheumatoid factor.
This is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint pain and inflammation and can be experienced at any age. The cause is not known. It can cause permanent joint destruction and deformity of the affected area. The “rheumatoid factor” is an antibody which can be found through a blood test in the majority of people who are suffering from the disease. There is no known cure although there are various forms of medical treatment.
People who suffer from autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood which actually attacks their own tissue; Aside from the bone joints and the surrounding tissue, other bodily organs can also be involved. The disease is more common among females than males and affects well over one million people in the United States. Although, it can even affect children, it usually begins after the age of 40 in adults.
The Social Security Administration includes rheumatoid arthritis as a listed disease that may be severe enough to satisfy the definition of a “disabling condition”. It depends on how severely it affects an individual as well as the test results.
It is important that your treating doctors note your symptoms as a part of your treatment record. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing.
We understand your concerns and that it’s difficult to deal with a government agency when you are trying to also deal with your debilitating condition. We are available to help you through the process of applying for your disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Contact us at 800-641-9781 and let our experience help you.
At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.