Living With Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Qualify For Disability

Affecting more than 50 million Americans, arthritisis one of the major causes of disability in the United States. Clearly, arthritis is an issue for many individuals living with unlimited number of forms of the disease, such as gout, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, etc. There is heightened awareness on the issues surrounding arthritis with May serving as 2011 Arthritis Awareness Month.

Today, one in five Americans is living with the pain of arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that by the year 2030, an estimated 67 million people in the U.S. will be affected by arthritis, up from current estimates of 50 million. Even more alarming is that the prevalence of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, continues to rise even if it can often be prevented by staying active through enjoyable physical events such as walking.

I keep getting a terrible pain in my thumb joint that really hurts. I’m starting to wonder if it’s arthritis developing. It started a few months ago and it’s only in my left hand. I feel like a few of the other finger joints are hurting but just a little. My 14 year old niece has rheumatoid arthritis so if it runs in the family, it wouldn’t be totally out of the question.


The Arthritis Foundation is the only nation-wide non-profit organization leading efforts to prevent control and cure arthritis. Therefore, $10 from every massage and facial at Massage Envy on October 12th will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation, providing funds for community programs and services that help those dealing with arthritis.

New Jersey Massage Envy’s were happy to become part of World Arthritis Day as many of them treat clients with this serious ailment. Mary Marino, a New Jersey Massage Envy client, was curious to try massage therapy in New Jersey after years trying out medications and other methods that were not helping her Rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Living with does rheumatoid arthritis qualify for disability

But in looking at the bigger picture, arthritis affects a much wider population of people. Consider all the spouses, siblings, children, partners, neighbors, co-workers, friends and other extended family members who all share a role in assisting, helping or simply supporting someone living with arthritis.

what is the fastest way to get disability for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis in ca
whats the fastest way to get to disability for fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis in ca

  • You have to sue Social Security, but you need to apply and be refuesed first then get a lawyer, there are firms that specialize in this. You need documented proof that you have the disease, for how long and why you can't work. I haven't worked in 9 years because mine is so bad. The biggest problem I have is Fibro-Fog; when I push myself, like exersing I get stupid and make silly stupid mistakes that cost the company money. I live in TX. I am a victim of Fibromyalgia on disability. Currently Social Security is paying $773/month. Congress decides on changing the benefits or not and they explicitly do not take in account the cost of fuel when calculating the adjustment for inflation. It took me over 5 years to get qualified for Social Security; it was a long hard route. But, when I came down with FM it still wasn't an accepted disease. It is only recently that the AMA has accepted it as an actual disease and there are some doctors (even my own) who still don't believe in it. I was unemployed for over 2 years before I qualified and I had to file a law suit before the Social Security Administration took me seriously; that has become the standard now days. There are law firms that specialize in suing Social Security; they sue for a lump sum payment (from which there fee is taken out automatically) and continued monthly payments (made on the 20th of the month). The fee is capped out at $4,000. I had to testify to a judge, I brought a witness that helped, but the lawyer is what made the difference. Since I had to pay for my own medical treatment and couldn’t work for long I incurred a lot of credit card debt so I have filed for bankruptcy as well (life with FM is not fun). First you need to apply as soon as possible and expect to be refused. Then you need to collect medical proof of his disability and inability to work. A journal on your insomnia and daily pain levels would be a good idea; just a short note written every day for at least a year; that will be substantial proof of his problems. Too many people have scammed Social Security and once you are on it they don't have the resources to check on your regularly. You can work and be on Social Security, but qualifying for it requires his inability to work; even the simple jobs. You need documents, medical testimony and proof that you have FM and not something else. The most effective pain medication that is not an opium derivative is Ultram (generic Tramadol (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/tramadol.html)). I have avoided opiates because of the many problems they cause and the stigma attached to prescribing and taking them. With the increase in medication you need to watch your water levels and drink a lot of water each day. You will also be prescribed antidepressants. FM is still an orphan disease, officially it is a form or arthritis but the rheumatology clinic doesn’t want to see FM patients “If we say FM patients we would be seeing them all day.” The pain clinic doesn’t want to talk with you either, they want successful stories and your husband’s pain will only get worse. Sooner or later you will end up with a psychiatrist. The next requirement is depression that is not caused by something else. Clearly, being doomed to a life time of constant and great pain is a depressing thought, but that is not enough. The classical progression of FM is pain equals an increase in depression and a decrease in sleep which makes a downward spiral. How much sleep you get, how easily you get to sleep and for how long you can sleep are three important factors. This is where the sleep diary comes into play. I would suggest keeping track of your sleep, your pain level and your blood pressure. FM is a diagnosis of exclusion; if you don't have disease A-W then you must have FM and you have to be tested for disease A-W first. Hence all the x-rays, the expensive MRI, or CAT scans, the many blood tests and possibly urine tests (I have kidney problems as well). Garlic makes a good anti-pain herbal remedy, but it is nowhere as effective as mega doses of Motrin or Aleve; both very good drugs, better than aspirin. I have so much pain that I can take 400 mg of Hydrocodone with no effect; many teenagers are able to get high off of that much. One huge problem with FM is that many patients become drug seekers looking to either get high, for the miracle pill that cures it all (there is no such thing for FM), or those who just need more pain pills. The FDA keeps close track on the amount of opiates that a Doctor prescribes and so they never prescribe enough, unless you have a long history with them. Amitriptyline (http://www.drugs.com/amitriptyline.html) is the first anti-depressant usually prescribed because it helps with pain. The doctors won't tell you at first that they are prescribing anti-depressants because of the big stigma linked with mental illness (this isn't a mental problem, it is a physical and painful one, there is nothing wrong with my mind…well I am depressed and that is a mental illness). Seroquel (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/seroquel.html) and Trazodone (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/trazodone.html) are good anti-depressants to help with sleep. Trazodone is very safe and used for cocaine abuse treatment; one big side effect is dizziness and tiredness and for me it took effect in less than 30 minutes. For many years it got me to sleep (I have been fighting FM for 19 years now). I use Wellburtin (http://www.drugs.com/cdi/wellbutrin.html) for the daily pain and as a drug to get me moving in the morning, to fight the lack of sleep lag. I am danscififan@yahoo.com; contact me for more information. I can write all day and not cover the subject enough. Have you been officially diagnosed with FM and if so by what kind of doctor? I will also need to know what medications you have tried and are currently taking and their dosage. I also need an exact description of your pain; exactly where, when, what causes it, how many spots of pain and what kind of pain it is. Here is another organization that can be of help: http://www.fibrohope.org/ This article explains the condition: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100066074 You are far from alone; no longer is FM considered to be a “white woman’s” disease, usually as a consequence of pregnancy. It is hard finding a local support group though. The biggest thing you can do is accept this: “I will have intense pain for the rest of my life, it will limit what I can do, it will get me down, it is a condition for which there is no cure; but I will NOT let it control my life. My medication is my ammunition in my fight against my disease, my family and friends are my allies, my daily exercise is a protest against the pain and insurance that it won’t win the battle. Other people have led successful lives despite this condition I can to.” It in not just a positive motivation statement it has to become a credo.

  • There is no fast way anywhere in America. There has been little known about this disease and it was only recognized a few years ago. Plan for a long battle. The results are going to depend on the strength of your Doctors and the diagnosis.

  • If you are talking about Social Security disability payments, don't hold your breath. They never do anything fast, in fact, they drag it out as long as possible, hoping you will give up.

  • there is no fast way to get disability. It usually takes 6 months for them to turn you down the first time. Then six months for you to be turned down the second time. Then six months for them to either turn you down again or approve your disability. Once you file, do not let them close the case when they deny you. keep appealing it, Hire an attorney whom disability will pay out of your back payment settlement. disability only allows them to charge you so much. None of it comes out of your pocket till you get the disability approved. Good Luck it is a long process

  • get a lawyer right away-don't wait for teh first denial


  • As part of being a proceeds sponsor 0f the Arthritis Foundation, and in preparation for Arthritis Awareness Month in May, Flexcin was curious to be aware of the level of awareness and support from all the people who touch someone living with arthritis.

    Flexcin conducted a national survey throughout April to find out how aware a person’s support network is when they have arthritis.

    The 2011 Arthritis Awareness Monthsurvey was open to everyone suffering from any form of arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupusor other joint-related pain, disability, or illness. The purpose was to have a better picture of what kind of support people receive while they’re coping with the disease. Results from the twelve-question survey will help paint a picture between men and women coping with arthritis, and the level of support they receive on any given day. Flexcin will also use the results to generate additional awareness for arthritis and joint-pain related issues.

    The most significant and notable item was feedback received from women and men who feel they receive a different level of support and awareness from each other through the responses. The majority of women (78.3%) said they feel like they receive very little support when it is a question to general awareness of issues involving their arthritis. Conversely, most men said they’re happy with the level of support and awareness they receive (65.6%) from family.

    Another interesting aspect of the 2011 Arthritis Awarenesssurvey was to assess the level of support and awareness provided by several groups of people, including spouses, family members, co, and household members-workers. The majority of survey participants feel that co-workers offer more support and awareness compared with other family members. More than half (56.3%) Said they feel co-workers offer a higher level of support and overall awareness compared to that of family members.

    Spouses and family members play a fundamental role in helping people with arthritisget through each day. Sometimes, just being aware and responsive to the fact that a person is to do with a painful bout of arthritis can make a big difference in their quality of life on a particular day. In the survey, 67.4 percent of respondents said other members of the household are never aware of their arthritis, or just sometimes aware. What’s more, 64.4 percent of respondents said others in the household never take an interest in their daily issues with arthritis, or just every now and then. This could take the form of asking questions to find out more or be more aware, reading up on what it is to have arthritis, or generally making a person’s life easier through change.