When should someone newly diagnosed file for disability?

When should someone newly diagnosed file for disability?

I have had to quit work(my part time job) due to my joint pain and swelling. Newly diagnosed RA. Should I wait to see how I respond to methotrexate along with my diclofenac ...or should I go ahead and start the process? My joint issues are both knees(right is worse), hips(left is worse), shoulders and both hands with left hand the worst.. I liked working but sitting or standing... Bending and walking.. Grasping... After a little bit hurts like crazy...… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

Gosh,you really have a lot on your plate! I was lucky to being retired (worked to 82) when I was diagnosed with RA. I do have pain most of the time,have a painful muscle in my lower calf. I had 2 epidural injections which helped, you are allowed 4 a year..hope you have a good rheumatologist and can get some good advise! Keep trying and good luck!

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I would wait until you get onto medications and see how you do. To quit immediately could end up being foolish. I say hang in there for a few months and see how the meds work.

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have been DX for 5 years. I had to quit working last fall. I got rejected. They state even though I have a severe conditipn I can "do something". So be prepared. I have a lawyer. But it can take a year to get a hearing after being rejected. My advice? File. Get a lawyer. Good luck.

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I looked it up on the as I website. It says if you suffer in more that one joint at the same time and or it goes from joint to joint. My problem is I can't afford not to work and have no insurance

posted over 1 year ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Thank you.. Much love sent back to you @AtypicalDandelion

edited, originally posted over 1 year ago
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