Hi I have recently been dx with reiter's syndrome and seronegative spondyloarthpathy and arthritis of my big toe. Does anyone with these diseases get disability and if so can you tell me how to apply for it cause I can no longer work. Thank!
I don't live in the USA, but as far as I know it's not the disease it's the level of disability and impact on your life. Reactive Arthritis generally has a good prognosis and burns out eventually in many cases.
Reiter's Syndrome(now called Reactive Arthritis) is part of a group of disorders called the sero-negative spondyloarthropathies that include Reactive Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis among others. It can be very disabling but is actually the least disabling of the group.
According to reports coming out of England, they may have found a way to cure the disorder but it is still in clinical trials.
The person to ask about disability is your doctor as he/she will have to send the reports and recommendations. If they agree you can't work at any job for at least 2 years(the requirement for SSDI) then apply and try. If they don't back you for SSDI, then don't even bother. Their negative recommendation will kill your attempt to qualify. But at that point, you can qualify for job re-training through your state agencies.
On average, it takes 3 years once you apply to be approved for SSDI and in 70% of the cases, you will need the help of a disability lawyer to help you win it. Only 30% are approved on first try. You have to prove you can't work for a minimum of 2 years if not longer. And once approved, you are paid back to 6 months after your application date. If you have an attorney, they get paid out of your back pay. Even if you get immediate approval, you don't start getting checks until the 6th month after your date of application or date of injury. Medicare doesn't start for an additional 2 years after your start date for receiving checks(2 1/2 years after injury or date of application).
And it isn't just your doc that has a say. It is their docs too. And if they think that with job re-training you can work, you won't be approved.
So start by asking your doc. You get a yes, then call Social Security and make an appointment to apply in person or do the application on-line and wait for a call. It's isn't about the diagnosis but about if you can work at ANY job at all, even with job re-training.
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!
Hi Slkantowitz....thanks for the info on the new lupus test and your help for Paperbagprincess. But if I may make a suggestion...check the dates on the old posts you are responding to. Many of these people are no longer here or their medical situation has changed. You'll find the date in the upper let hand corner of the post.