Adult-Onset Stills Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability
Adult-onset Still's disease is a rare inflammatory condition. It is characterized by swollen or achy joints, daily spiking fevers and a salmon-pink rash that appears on your body. Adult-onset Stills disease is a form of rheumatoid arthritis. It can lead to chronic arthritis and other complications as it progresses.
Still's disease gets its name from an English doctor named George Still. He described this condition in children in 1896. Still's disease is now known as systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).
In 1971, the term "adult Still's disease" was used to describe adults who had a condition similar to systemic onset JRA. This condition is also referred to as Stills disease-adult and AOSD.
Adult-onset Stills disease is a rare condition. Less than 1 out of 100,000 people develop this disease each year in the United States. Adult-onset Stills disease affects women more often than men.
Adult-Onset Stills disease may cause you to have a daily fever of at least 102 F for a week or longer. The fever usually peaks in the late afternoon or early evening. Occasionally, you may have two fever spikes in a day. In between your episodes, your temperature usually goes back to normal.
The skin rash caused by this condition is usually salmon pink in color. It comes and goes with your fever.
The joint pain caused by Adult-Onset Stills disease usually lasts at least two weeks. You may especially feel the joint pain in your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees and ankles.
This disease may also affect you by causing muscle pain, which usually comes and goes with your fever. However, it can be bad enough to upset your daily activities.
There are some additional effects that you may have with Adult-Onset Stills disease. Some of these are:
An enlarged spleen or liver
Inflammation of the lining of your lungs or heart
Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
Abdominal swelling and pain
Pleurisy (pain that comes with a deep breath).
The effects caused by Adult-Onset Stills disease can keep you from working and result in serious, life-threatening complications. This disease may be the reason for your disability.
If this is your situation, you may need help. You may need financial assistance.
Who will help you? Where will you get the financial help that you need?
Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by Adult-Onset Stills disease? Were you denied?
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