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Rheumatoid arthritis may qualify as a disabling illness

When a medical condition prevents individuals from working, they may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. As noted by Medical News Today, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that initially affects the peripheral joints. It could prevent an individual from performing even simple daily activities.

A chronic and disabling condition such as RA typically leaves individuals unable to perform their job tasks. RA may cause constant pain, swelling and stiffness in the arm and leg joints. An individual who becomes unable to work due to RA may apply for SSDI benefits.

Symptoms of a long-term condition

Rheumatoid arthritis generally worsens after its onset. The symptoms may accelerate based on an individual’s work tasks. Duties that require repetitive lifting, bending or typing could cause permanent damage over time. Individuals may lose the ability to move their arms or walk.

In severe cases, RA could affect the entire body. According to Healthline.com, some individuals with RA may develop medical issues related to their respiratory systems and kidneys. An advanced condition may also cause harm to the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

When an individual may apply for SSDI

Individuals experiencing joint flare-ups while working generally require medical treatment. A physician could provide care to send RA into remission, but it may not disappear. In some cases, joints may become deformed and prevent an individual from carrying out his or her regular work activities.

If a doctor determines that a disabling condition could last for at least one year, an individual may apply for SSDI. The Social Security Administration may approve claims for inflammatory arthritis based on a permanent deformity in at least two peripheral joints.

Employees who may no longer use their hands, arms or legs because of a chronic disabling condition could qualify for SSDI benefits. Medical records could help prove an illness inhibits an individual’s ability to continue working.