Autoimmune Conditions and Social Security Disability

Submitted by Eric on Thu, 12/23/2021 - 13:23

If you have a severe autoimmune disorder you should qualify for disability as it is a disabling condition that prevents you from working and carrying out daily activities.

Autoimmune diseases cause the body’s immune system to attack and destroy healthy body tissue, even though the immune system is supposed to help to protect the body by attacking harmful antigens, like bacteria, viruses, and toxins. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases.

Types of Autoimmune Disorders

The top 10 most common autoimmune diseases are the following:

  • Vitiligo;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Rheumatic fever;
  • Pernicious anemia/atrophic gastritis;
  • Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroiditis;
  • Graves' disease;
  • Lupus;
  • Diabetes mellitus, type 1;
  • Celiac disease.

How to Qualify with an Autoimmune Disease

An autoimmune condition such as lupus may be able to get disability benefits. If you are suffering from lupus, the SSA’s Blue Book may help you decide the type of medical evidence you will need to support a claim for Social Security benefits.

Lupus affects its victims in different ways, but there are some lupus sufferers who are unable to work because of the effects of the disease.

Lupus can be located in the Blue Book list under the Immune System Disorders section. In order to meet the requirements for eligibility for a disability benefit for lupus at least two of your body systems or organs need to be affected by the disease and you need to be able to prove you have symptoms like fever, fatigue or weight loss which are persistent and ongoing.

You also need to prove you cannot undertake daily activities like washing, cooking and cleaning in your home, as well as going to work and shopping.

Most people who suffer from severe lupus are able to meet the Blue Book listing requirements. If you can’t provide adequate evidence proving your disability is caused by lupus you can ask your doctor to conduct a residual functional capacity (RFC) test which will provides the evidence of what you can and cannot do with lupus.

The more evidence you can provide showing the effects of lupus when filing your disability benefit’s application, the greater the chance you will have to be eligible to receive disability benefits. The evidence you will need to provide such as:

  • results of tests used to rule out other medical conditions that may have similar symptoms to lupus;
  • your doctor’s report about the effects of treatment over a period of at least 3 months but preferably 12 months;
  • a list of prescription medications you are taking and their effects on your symptoms;
  • a description of stays in hospital and the treatment provided;
  • test results revealing the onset of kidney or heart disease, seizures, bone loss, anemia, and other serious medical conditions.

If you have a severe autoimmune disease then you may qualify for a disability benefit as long as you provide medical evidence that shows you are unable to work for at least 12 months.

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