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Sarcoidosis and ssdi

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Sarcoidosis is often a hidden disease sometimes misdiagnosed as asthma or another respiratory illness. The fatigue and chronic pain that some patients experience when living with sarcoidosis can make …

Sarcoidosis is often a hidden disease sometimes misdiagnosed as asthma or another respiratory illness. The fatigue and chronic pain that some patients experience when living with sarcoidosis can make working impossible. In these instances, there are disability programs to help. Filing for SSDI benefits can be a challenge, but help is available from Social Security disability representatives who specialize in Social Security benefits.

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  • 1. Sarcoidosis and SSDISarcoidosis is often a hidden disease sometimes misdiagnosed as asthma or anotherrespiratory illness. Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory condition which primarily affects thelungs, but it can also affect the lymph nodes, skin, liver, kidney, spleen, or even the heart.This condition typically affects the lymph glands in the chest and side of the chest andresults in scarring in the lungs which can result in severe respiratory ailments.Frequently, patients don’t realize they have sarcoidosis until it is discovered after a chestX-ray. Often, enlarged lymph glands are discovered in the chest prompting furtherevaluation to discover the reason for the inflammation.In sarcoidosis, granulomas, clusters of immune cells, form in certain organs of the bodyand can cause organ dysfunction. Symptoms of sarcoidosis include chest discomfort,shortness of breath, wheezing, enlarged lymph glands in the chest or possibly elsewhere,such as around the neck.No one knows the specific causes of the illness, though it does seem to have a tendencyto run in families. Scandinavians, as well as African American women between the agesof 10 and 40, are the most common patients with sarcoidosis. Along with genetics, it isbelieved there may be several causes, including environmental factors such asinhalational agents or extreme immune responses to infections.Treatment is based on the stage of the illness and breathing test results. The stage isdetermined by X-rays and CT scans. Often, symptoms will improve on their own withouttreatment. Treatment frequently includes steroids, most commonly prednisone, as well asother medications. These treatments attempt to reduce inflammation, lung scarring andthe need for oxygen treatment. In advanced stages of the illness, some patients need anorgan transplant.The fatigue and chronic pain that some patients experience when living with sarcoidosiscan make working impossible. In these instances, there are disability programs to help.While some people have few symptoms, others have severe symptoms which will likelyqualify them for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) does nothave a specific disability listing for sarcoidosis, but that does not mean that SocialSecurity Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are out of the question.Sarcoidosis can impact a number of different areas of the body, and the SSA will evaluatean individual under the disability listing for the body organ that has been affected by thedisease. Along with demonstrating that symptoms are equal to criteria for anotherimpairment listing, claimants must also prove they are unable to work for at least 12
  • 2. consecutive months due to the disabling effects of the symptoms of the disease. Assarcoidosis advances, any gainful activity can become impossible and needs to bereflected on the SSDI application.Filing for SSDI benefits can be a challenge, but help is available from Social Securitydisability representatives who specialize in Social Security benefits. Representatives cananswer your questions and walk you through the application and appeals process. Theywill ensure that you have the complete medical documentation necessary to file yourclaim, which will strengthen your case. With the guidance of an expert Social Securitydisability representative, you increase your chances for success and typically reduce thewait time in the SSDI process.

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