Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lupus Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

As a disability examiner working on social security disability claims and claims for SSI disability, I saw a number of cases involving Lupus. Lupus, of course, is a condition that exacerbates and remisses (flares and subsides). Therefore (as with any medical condition, but especially so with Lupus), medical record documentation is very important at the disability application level, at the reconsideration level, and at the disability hearing level.

What follows is an information background on Lupus:

It has been estimated that there are 270,000 to 1.5 million Americans with Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus or SLE) or roughly one out of every 4000 individuals in the Untied States.

Lupus seems to be more prevalent among African Americans, Asians, Hispanics and North American Indians than Caucasians. Although Lupus affects men and women, young women are nine times more likely to have the disease. Lupus Erythematosus ( SLE or Lupus) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s cells and tissue, including the heart, lungs, joints, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, nervous system and skin. Lupus is characterized by exacerbations that may affect any organ or multiple body systems simultaneously, consequently this is a very debilitating disease that has been known to be fatal.

There is no known cure for Lupus; consequently Lupus must be treated symptomatically. Generally, individuals with Lupus are treated with a variety of medications including non steroidal anti inflammatories, pain relievers, methotrexate, azathioprine, plaquenil, immunosuppressants, and corticosteroids in an effort to prevent or reduce the severity of Lupus exacerbations or flare-ups.

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