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Facts about Psoriatic Arthritis and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
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1. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs along with psoriasis in an estimated 10-30 percent of cases. Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes patches of skin to become red and scaly.
2. Psoriatic arthritis usually develops after skin symptoms, but it is possible for symptoms of arthritis to occur first. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.
3. Typically the onset of arthritis is about 10 years after the skin condition develops, so 30-50 years old.
4. Symptoms of both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis may come and go in periods of time called flare-ups and remission. These chronic conditions worsen over time.
5. Psoriatic arthritis may occur in five different ways, and individuals may experience all of the during the course of their condition. Pain may occur on only one side of the body, on both sides of the body at the same time, in the finger joints and in the spine.
6. The fifth type is arthritis mutilans which is much more rare. It is a severe form of arthritis that destroys small bones in the hands.
7. Psoriasis with nail lesions is the greatest risk factor for developing psoriatic arthritis. Family history of the condition also plays a large role in determining risk.
8. Psoriatic arthritis affects men and women equally. The specific types of arthritis that affect men and women tend to differ.
9. Psoriatic arthritis may be difficult to diagnose precisely. Doctors can perform a variety of tests, including x-rays and joint fluid samples, to determine what might be causing symptoms.
10. Sed rate is a blood test that measures how far & quickly red blood cells fall from the top of a glass tube during an hour. Inflammation causes a higher Sed rate. Rheumatoid factor is an immunity protein that is present with rheumatoid arthritis, but not psoriatic arthritis, helping doctors distinguish between the two.
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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