Listing of Impairments – Musculoskeltal – Rheumatoid Arthritis | Clearwater Social Security Disability Attorney

Rheumatoid arthritis is another systemic disease that does not have its own distinct listing for Social Security Disability purposes.

Rheumatoid arthritis has three stages, as explained at the Arthritis Foundation. An informative article can be found here.

This form of arthritis causes inflammation of the lining of your joints called synovium. This inflammation causes pain, stiffness, warmth, redness and swelling. As the disease progresses enzymes are releases by the synovium that digest bone and cartilage.

This will cause the involved joint to lose its shape which causes bony deformity. It will also result in a misalignment of  the joint, joint pain, and loss of range of motion.

We often see rheumatoid arthritis involve the joints of the hands, wrists, feet, knees, and ankles. As I explained in earlier postings, it is important to establish the objective evidence of this condition since it often waxes and wanes. There will be times when you have few symptoms and little disability. As the disease continues, you will  have increasing symptoms and significant disability.

Keep a record about how your pain and limited mobility interfere with your ability to function. It will be important for you to present this information to the Social Security administration.

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation of your internal organs causing permanent damage. This can also be the basis of your Social Security Disability claim.

Developing the right information about you rheumatoid arthritis is crucial to winning your Social Security Disability claim. If you suffer from these impairments and need to file for benefits it is best to enlist the help on an experienced Social Security Disability attorney such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett.

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