Saturday, September 01, 2007

Rheumatoid Arthritis Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

The post prior to this one focused on Osteoarthritis. This particular post provides information on Rheumatoid arthritis.

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The following paragraphs provide information on Rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, characterized by severe joint destruction and pain. Studies indicate that the susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis is an inherited trait, which is five times more likely to affect women than men. Additionally, it appears that smokers are four times more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than non-smokers.

Like other autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis may affect other organs including the heart, kidneys, skin, and lungs. For example, individuals with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have heart problems such as pericarditis, endocarditis, myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), chronic heart failure, and left ventricle dysfunction. In fact, one third of rheumatoid arthritis deaths are the result of myocardial infarctions.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are often severe and might include deformities of the hands and feet. About thirty percent of all rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have subcutaneous nodules on the protruding bone areas such as an area near the Achilles tendon, elbows or knees, or any joint that sustains a lot of repetitious movement.

Generally, rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive inflammatory disease, and individuals with rheumatoid nodules seem to have a poorer prognosis. In fact, rheumatoid arthritis is so debilitating that nearly thirty percent of rheumatoid arthritis suffers will not be able to work five years after being diagnosed with the disease. Furthermore, at least fifty percent will be unable to work within ten years of diagnosis.

Like many other forms of arthritis, the effects of rheumatoid arthritis are irreversible therefore most treatment is geared toward reducing inflammation to prevent further damage to joints and reducing pain.

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