Lupus is an autoimmune, rheumatic disease that can qualify people who are diagnosed for Massachusetts Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. There are different types of lupus, and, depending on what type you have, symptoms can range from mild to severe enough to be disabling.
Lupus could be called a mystery disease. It is difficult to diagnose because no two cases are alike. Its symptoms vary from person to person and some of these symptoms are the same as those for other rheumatic diseases.
So, if you have been diagnosed with lupus, your medical care team has cracked a complicated code. Now you want to know how to live with this disease and what you can expect.
Who Gets Lupus?
- The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that about a million and a half Americans have lupus.
- About 16,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
- 90% of lupus patients are women, ages 15-45.
- According to one study, lupus patients are up to three times more likely to die of the disease if they are poorer financially.
What Causes Lupus?
- There is still no exact cause known for lupus.
- Genetics may play a role.
- Environmental factors like medications, stress and exposure to sunlight may be cause related.
- Reaction to the long-term use of some drugs may cause a disease that is similar to lupus.
What Are the Five Types of Lupus?
- Systemic lupus erythematosus is a type that affects your joints and organs. About 70% of lupus cases are systemic.
- Discoid lupus mainly affects the skin.
- Sub-acute cutaneous lupus erythematosus causes a skin lesion.
- Drug-induced lupus is caused by a drug reaction.
- Neonatal lupus is a form of the disease that affects only newborns.
What are the Symptoms of Lupus?
The American College of Rheumatology has identified 11 symptoms of lupus. They recommend that if you have four or more of these, that you seek medical attention.
- A rash across the cheeks and nose, butterfly shaped.
- A rash on the face, neck, ears, chest, scalp that is scaly and disk-shaped.
- Sensitivity to sunlight.
- Sores in the mouth, on the tongue and inside the nose.
- Pain in the joints.
- Pain occurring in the chest and side when you move or breathe.
- Problems with kidneys.
- Neurologic problems.
- Blood abnormalities like a low white cell count and anemia.
- Malfunction of the immune system.
- Antinuclear antibodies.
While lupus can be a life-threatening disease, most sufferers lead normal lives. But anyone diagnosed with lupus must be treated and monitored carefully by a doctor.
Speak To a Disability Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffers from lupus and has become disabled, you can apply for SSA disability benefits. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find your way through the application process. We offer a free report to help you, Five Most Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability. Order it here on our website.
The Massachusetts disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law represent people like you every day, helping to speed the process along and fight for your rights. Call us today to find out how we can help you toll free at 888-9904-6847.