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Facts about Raynaud's Disease and Filing for Disability
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1. Raynaud's disease restricts blood flow to the skin, causing the fingers, toes, nose and ears to become cold, numb and change color when exposure to cold temperatures or stress.
2. Women are more likely to develop Raynaud's disease than men, and onset typically occurs in teen or early adult years.
3. Those that live in colder climates are more likely to have Raynaud's disease.
4. Working with tools that vibrate can lead to developing Raynaud's disease.
5. Raynaud's disease symptoms occur in attacks that can last from under a minute to as long as several hours. Although exact symptoms may vary by individual, during an attack affected extremities usually first turn white; then blue, cold and numb; then red and tingly, possibly with throbbing or swelling as circulation returns.
6. An attack from Raynaud's disease can happen in just one finger or toe, up to all of them, and can vary from one attack to the next. Even lips and nipples can be affected, although that is more rare.
7. Attacks can be brought on by touching something cold, including washing hands in cold water or taking an item out of the refrigerator or freezer. Going outside on a cold day can also trigger an attack. For some people, emotional and physical stress alone, rather than exposure to cold, can cause an attack.
8. Raynaud's disease is typically mild and more of an annoyance to the affected individual than a health concern.
9. In the rare event that an individual has a severe case of Raynaud's disease, affected extremities could lose blood flow permanently and cause deformity. If blood flow is blocked completely it could cause ulcers on the skin to develop or healthy tissue to die permanently (called gangrene).
10. Taking niacin supplements can help treat Raynaud's disease by increasing blood flow. Niacin is vitamin B-3, and it helps open up blood vessels. Biofeedback is another alternative therapy that works by teaching the mind to control body temperature. This involves using imagery, deep breathing and relaxation.
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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