Symptoms of Undifferentiated and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease May Qualify You for Disability Benefits

Suffering from a condition that makes it difficult for you to work can result in added stress. At precisely the time when you should be focused on your health, you must also worry about how you are going to pay the bills. This is true for people who are suffering from undifferentiated and mixed connective tissue diseases.

Symptoms of Undifferentiated and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease

Connective tissue diseases are conditions that affect the connective tissues of the body. The connective tissues are responsible for connecting and holding the cells of the body together. Fat and cartilage are two common examples of connective tissues. Connective tissue is found throughout the body and is important for its overall shape and function.

Most people who suffer from a connective tissue disease fall into one of two categories. The first group is made up of connective tissue diseases that are caused by a specific genetic mutation that is inherited at birth. These diseases affect specific systems within the body, such as the heart, lungs, eyes, bones, skin, and joints. The second group of connective tissue diseases has no known cause. Instead, these conditions are linked to genetic flaws that lead to the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of a connective tissue disease can be very disruptive to a person’s life. Common symptoms include the following:

  1. Rashes on the face
  2. Ulcers in the mouth
  3. Fever
  4. Poor circulation
  5. Swelling in the linings of the heart and lungs
  6. Aches and pains
  7. Redness
  8. Thick, hardened patches of skin that may cause pain or restrict movement
  9. Muscle weakness
  10. Raised skin rashes on the trunk or knuckles

In some cases, symptoms are not yet clear enough for a doctor to determine which connective tissue disease is present. As a result, the person may be diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Similarly, a person may have symptoms and test results that indicate more than one connective tissue disease. In these cases, a person may be diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease. If you suffer from either condition, it is important to seek assistance from an experienced attorney. We can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.

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