Get Back on Your Feet: What You Need to Know About Gout and Massachusetts Social Security Disability
John L. Keefe
Gout is form of arthritis. Flare-ups usually target the big toes and feet, which makes it easy to dismiss gout as not as serious as other disabilities. However, if you suffer from gout, you are keenly aware of just how painful it is to live with this condition day in and day out.
Symptoms of Gout
Gout is characterized by too much uric acid in the body. When a person’s body is unable to get rid of this acid properly, crystals of uric acid develop in the joints. When those crystals multiply, the person with gout suffers extraordinary amounts of pain.
Some of the most common symptoms of this type of arthritis include:
- Severe pain
- Swelling and redness
- Heat sensations
- Stiffness in the joints
Gout usually first affects the toes and feet, and then works its way to joints in other extremities, such as ankles, knees, fingers, and wrists. Some smaller cases of gout may be treatable with lifestyle changes and medication. Unfortunately, medication is not effective for every patient. If you suffer from chronic gout, the pain can become too much to bear as many treatments are ineffective—or only partly effective—during a flare-up.
How to Cope With Gout and Get Social Security Disability
If you have chronic gout, treatment may not help you get the relief you need so that you can work and maintain your job. Labor intensive and sedentary tasks alike might become a challenge. When this happens, you should talk to your doctor about getting the medical notes and evidence needed to apply for Social Security disability.
To get Social Security disability in Massachusetts for gout, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- One weight-bearing joint must limit your ability to walk and perform regular daily activities; or
- One major joint must limit your ability to work and perform daily activities.
Medical evidence to show that you meet one of these listings includes a note from your doctor, imaging tests, and a journal that shows the daily pain you live in because of gout.
Applying for Social Security disability in Massachusetts for gout is not easy, and most people get denied the first time. If you know someone suffering from gout who is in need of relief, we encourage you to share this article with him and talk to him about hiring a Social Security disability attorney. With help from an experienced attorney, he can be sure to highlight the right information in his disability application, dramatically increasing his chances at being approved.
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