Scleroderma Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability
The following pages address various aspects of the social security disability and SSI disability programs and concern issues such as when to file for disability, disability back pay, benefits for children, durational requirements for social security disability, and disability representation.
1. When should you file for Disability Benefits
2. To be awarded Social Security Disability do I have to be disabled for a whole year?
3. Social Security Attorneys - what you should know
4. An example of why you should never give up on a disability claim
5. Do disabled children qualify for benefits?
6. Disability Backpay
What follows is basic information on Scleroderma:
Scleroderma affects approximately 300,000 individuals in the United States each year. What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a chronic incurable autoimmune disease that involves the overproduction of collagen in the skin and organs that results in a hardening of the skin.
The mildest form for of scleroderma is known as CREST syndrome. CREST syndrome stands for Calcenosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, Esophageal dysmobility, Sclerodactyly, and Tetangiectasia, and is also known as limited scleroderma. Individuals who suffer from the CREST disorders have a much better prognosis than individuals who suffer from diffuse or systemic scleroderma.
What is different about diffuse or systemic scleroderma? Diffuse or systemic scleroderma may be fatal as this type of scleroderma often involves organs such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, and musculoskeletal system. Individuals with renal involvement have a poorer prognosis, as this is a common cause of death among systemic scleroderma sufferers. Additionally, about eighty percent of all diffuse or systemic scleroderma sufferers also suffer from Raynaud’s syndrome, which may cause ulcerations upon their fingertips.
There is no known cause or cure for scleroderma and treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms rather than a cure. Individuals with scleroderma are treated with NSAIDS, skin softeners, immunosuppressant medications, and even experimental therapies such as hematopoietic stem cell transplant (used in the most severe cases of systemic scleroderma with some success in prolonged longevity and lessening of severe skin symptoms).
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