Re: Anyone with seronegative spondyloarthpathy
Yes, you may be able to get disability based on your physical limitations and ability to stand, sit, lift etc. You should be able to get help from your rheumatologist as far as documenting your disease and functional assessment. Start by contacting your local disability office for an application and information. They will require a records release for obtaining all your medical records pertaining to the arthritis. They will also require a special functional assessment from your Dr. to determine if you qualify for total disability or partial disability. Unfortunatly this is a LONG LABORIOUS process, and many people get denied the first time. Then you have to appeal the decision and wait some more. Sometimes they set up a hearing before a judge. Some attorneys specialize in helping people get disability on a contingency basis-they only get paid if you "win". I would consider this if you can afford it, have a complicated case for any reason, or can't deal with all the paperwork and aggravation. Sometimes their help is worth it by getting it thru faster and knowing the tricks to apply to increase your chances. Good luck!