When it comes to qualifying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), the application process is not always easy. Even though you know how difficult it is for you to work, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires extensive amounts of evidence and the proper paperwork to approve your application.

With Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, qualifying for SSDI in Boston can be a challenge. The SSA has not created a specific listing or category for this disease. In addition, because it is a genetic syndrome, you cannot qualify for SSDI based on the arthritis listing, even if arthritis is one of your symptoms.

Qualifying Symptoms for Boston SSDI Benefits for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

To qualify, you must have severe symptoms from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. These symptoms can include:

  • Severe joint pain or joint dislocation
  • Skin damage and infections
  • Difficulty healing wounds
  • Back pain
  • Foot problems, including flat feet
  • Loss of some or all vision
  • Rupturing of the eyeball
  • Rupturing of a major artery or arteries in the organs or intestines


Each of these symptoms can greatly limit your ability to work either in a physical or sedentary position.

When you’re at a point when you need to apply, talk to your doctor as well as your Boston Social Security disability lawyer. Both of these professionals will help you put together your application in a way that shows the SSA what it needs to see to approve you for SSDI.

Do you know someone who was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome? We encourage you to pass this article on to her so it can help her while applying for SSDI in Boston.

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If you are looking to apply for social security disability, you need to speak with an experienced social security disability lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Natick Office directly at 508.283.5500 to schedule your free consultation.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer