Immune system disorders (ISDs) actually cause the immune system to attack healthy cells instead of infectious ones, making fighting off illnesses extremely difficult while simultaneously destroying muscle, tissue, and blood vessels. Not only are these diseases ruthless, but they’re more prevalent than you may realize.

Most people are aware of AIDS and HIV, but there are over 100 different types of immune compromising disorders, diseases, and ailments that can cause debilitating effects. This is why it is extremely important to be able to recognize symptoms in order to get diagnosed, treated, and financially cared for through disability.

ISD Symptoms Potentially Severe Enough to Warrant Disability

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (in conjunction with the National Institute of Health), estimates that there are currently between 23 and 50 million people suffering from some sort of ISD in the United States. Although not all of these ISDs are severe enough to cause symptoms which would prevent their hosts from completing daily tasks, many of them are. In addition to current symptoms, ISDs can be degenerative, quickly causing symptoms to worsen over time. As conditions worsen, sufferers become unable to perform daily activities, including working in order to support themselves and their families. When this occurs, the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides whether the condition, based on the symptoms, is severe enough to warrant financial disability benefits.

Some symptoms of ISDs that could cause you to miss work, or be physically unable to perform your work duties (thus making you eligible for disability) include:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Recurrent fevers
  • Weakness or joint and muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Heat or cold intolerance
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Recurrent rashes or hives
  • Sun-sensitivity
  • A butterfly-shaped rash across your nose and cheeks
  • White patches on your skin or ulcers inside your mouth
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Abdominal pain (also associated with multiple incidences of miscarriages)
  • Blood or mucus in your stool or diarrhea
  • Anemia
  • Dry eyes, mouth, or skin
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

Whether you’re planning to apply for disability or not, if you’re experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, make sure you see your doctor right away for a diagnosis. Your health is your number one priority. If you are diagnosed with an immune system disorder, and decide to pursue a claim, then we’ll make filing your claim our top priority. However, until then we believe your health is the most important thing. Take care of yourself, and then call us to get started with your disability application.

How it Feels to Have Your Suffering Evaluated and Rated

Considering how quickly an immune system disorder can deteriorate, do you think it’s justifiable that your symptoms at the time of your application is used to be evaluated for approval? Should the SSA take proper consideration for the degenerative aspects of diseases? Do you think symptomatic evaluations increase or decrease your chance of getting disability? Should this technique be updated to include additional symptoms, and reactions, or should the SSA be more lenient when it comes to approving immune disorder claims? In the comment section provided, let us know how you feel.

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John L. Keefe
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