Has anyone been successful in getting Social Security Disability for their RA? My Rheumatologist told me at my last visit that he didn't believe in disability, it would only make you feel worse and not try to improve your condition. This came when I asked him if I was a candidate for disability?
I have RA in my hands and feet, OA in knees and other parts of my body. Somewhere hurts almost daily and it is so fun the way it moves around from left to right, knee to shoulder.
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I applied for disability through Social Security March of 2018. It was a gut-wrenching decision for me because my inability to to work resulted in an inability for me to have any control over my day-to-day life. My finances suffered, my self-esteem suffered. It's wonderful that there are those who can go to Silver Sneakers, go to their local gym and work out 7 days a week, work from home or some other area of employment but that was not my case. I believe if you can go and work out 7 days a week, hold down a full-time job without being fired 4 repeated absences due to complications then by all means continue to work as long as you can. If you can manage these things in life then you have no reason to be concerned about applying for disability. Although you may have rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disorders you may be able to handle day to day responsibilities. However, having worked nearly 30 years as a registered nurse and being told your company could no longer accommodate your disabilities was devastating to me. I applied for Social Security disability and for a year-and-a-half I saw a physician's on a weekly basis, many different speciality's because of the issues I have. I was granted my social security disability decision this year in 2019 after being denied once. I am 61 years old and I believe that my age had impact on why the decision was in my favor. My disability has progressed as time passed and as I waited for the decision from the court. We all may have the same disease process but we are all individuals. The impact this disease and other autoimmune diseases have on us is as unique as each one of us are. Those who are seeking Social Security disability need support to continue forward because it is not an easy endeavor. Your self-esteem can suffer, your sense of worthiness can suffer and it can feel like the bottom has fallen out of your life. I can testify that there is a light at the tunnel however and to seek support is the best thing you can do for yourself as you wait for the decision.
@A myRAteam Member, you may find it of HUGE Value to speak with s dusability attorney before making ANY changes to your work life. If i understand it correctly, to qualify for SSDI, you must be found unable to do ANY type work that will sustain you. So, if you went to pt, you would still be working,...sonyou wouldnt qualify. In my case, with so MANY conditions, it is my understanding that it was many factors that came together for an approval of benefits. None of my conditions alone supported disability by itself, but i have 8+conditions that are all under doctors management. In addition to list time as an employee to constantly be seeing doctors, the flares were often, the meds reduced my cognitiion, and i cant sit or stand or ANYTHING for 8 hours a day. My chronic fatigue leaves me with only a tiny amount of energy to do a minimal amount of quality of life activites, IE: hygeine, food prep, treatments, etc. Best of luck to you!
When I have pain I rub 'DICLOFENAC SODIUM TOPICAL GEL' on the area and if I forget to take the tube with me I will rub 'BIO FREEZE' (Walmart) on the area ... it works better than Ben Gay and all that other smelly stuff .... was diagnosed with OA in my knees I embrace the fact I can walk an still do a lot of things like before, but with caution! I can't run like I use to, but I can walk at a decent pace, ride exercise bike, and rowing machine. I refuse to look at the downside of my limitations, but the upsides. Stay strong and keep fighting!
I was approved! It took about a year and a half but I think that’s pretty normal. Luckily I had long term disability thru my former employer so had money coming in for the duration. I was hurting so bad at the time I filed I just hired an attorney and let them handle it. Me advice- file - expect to be denied a couple times but do t give up! Good luck!