Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lyme Disease and Applying for Social Security Disability SSI

SSA does not have a listing in the Social Security Disability list of Impairments for Lyme disease. This condition, like most physical and mental impairments is not given a listing which sets forth specific disability approval criteria.

Despite this fact, a claimant who presents a case with lyme disease (and/or any number of other impairments) will have no difficulty being approved for disability as long as they can, through their medical records, demonstrate that they can satisfy the social security administration definition of disability.

Information on the disability definition and what it means for the processing of an SSD or SSI disability claim can be found here: Social Security Definition of Disability.

What follows is some brief and basic information regarding lyme disease itself.

Lyme disease is the most common tick borne disease in North America. Deer ticks or western black-legged ticks are the most common carrier of Lyme disease, although there may be other ticks that carry the Lyme disease bacteria.

About eighty percent of the individuals in the early stage of Lyme disease experience the characteristic bulls eye rash (which may appear one day or even thirty days after exposure to Lyme disease bacteria), along with fever, sickness, and musculoskeletal pain.

Cardiac or neurological problems may occur in the acute state of Lyme disease, although it is rare. Late stage Lyme disease is considered to be a chronic condition that is very difficult to treat.

Untreated or persistent cases of Lyme disease may result in severe symptoms that may include a condition that is similar to meningitis and encephalitis, myocarditis, arthritis, psychiatric manifestations or neurocognitive problems. Chronic Lyme disease symptoms are so severe that they often lead to disability or even death for the infected person.

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