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Facts about Gout and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1) Gout is a form of painful arthritis that normally affects the big toe. It is caused by high quantities of uric acid in the bloodstream and is marked by pain, tenderness and swelling of the affected area. It can lead to acute gouty arthritis.
2) While nearly 75 percent of gout attacks are located at the big toe, it can also affect the knee, spine, fingers, ankles, heel, elbow, and other toes.
3) Many years ago gout was referred to as the "Rich man's disease" or "The Disease of Kings” and was treated with gin, although gin was eventually found to be ineffective.
4) Overall, middle-aged men experience gout more than women, but the risk of gout increases in women after menopause, when women’s uric acid levels tend to increase.
5) There are four stages to gout: asymptomatic, acute, intercritical, and chronic. Gout can be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, or it can be recurrent. If it is recurrent, it may be treated each time.
6) Gout is treatable through over-the-counter medications, prescribed medications, and a low purine diet. During a gout attack, patients should increase the amount of water consumption, cut out all alcohol, and eat a low fat, low protein diet. Studies have shown that animal flesh consumption increases the chances of gout, and that dairy consumption decreases the chances of gout.
7) Kidney stones are a common complication with gout. Drinking water, limiting or excluding alcohol and certain medications can help treat kidney stones.
8) People who are obese, regular alcohol drinkers, and those with diseases such as kidney disease, sickle cell anemia and diabetes are more likely to develop gout. Gout can also develop in people who are eating high purine diets or those who take medications that disturb the secretion of uric acid in the body, such as low doses of aspirin and thiazide diuretics.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
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