When Rheumatoid Arthritis Becomes a Disability

Arthritis is a term used to describe a medical condition where a person’s joints are inflamed. Inflamed joints cause stiffness, soreness and swelling.  One type of arthritis is inflammatory or Rheumatoid arthritis, which is actually a systemic disease capable of affecting your entire body including your cardiovascular or respiratory systems.  If someone with rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t get treated, this autoimmune disease can cause permanent damage. Is Rheumatoid Arthritis a Disability? A diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis alone isn’t enough to be considered disabled for Social Security purposes. You are only considered disabled when a condition limits your normal movements, senses or activities in a way that prevents you from working. If you find that your inflammatory arthritis limits your ability to work, you should work closely with your doctor to document your condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs sufficient evidence…

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