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Connective Tissue Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

Connective tissue disease refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders. Some of these conditions are inherited, and some are acquired. A connective tissue disease is any disease that has the connective tissues of your body as a primary target of disease. Your connective tissues are the structural portions of your body. They essentially hold the cells of your body together. These connective tissues form a matrix, or framework for your body. Your connective tissues are made up of two major structural protein molecules. These are elastin and collagen. Collagen protein comes in many different types and amounts in each of your body’s tissues. Elastin is like a rubber band or spring. It has the capability of stretching and returning to its original length. Elastin is the primary component of skin and ligaments. Ligaments are tissues that attach bone to bone in your body. It is common for elastin and collagen to become injured by inflammation in people with connective tissue disease. This inflammation in your tissues is a result of your immune system attacking your own body tissues. When your immune system attacks your own body tissues it is called an autoimmune disease. When collagen is affected, it is also called collagen diseases. There are many ways in which connective tissue disease may affect you. Some of these are: You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with some form of connective tissue disease. In fact, connective tissue disease and/or complications resulting from this disorder may be the reason for your disability. It may be why you are unable to work. You or your loved one may need assistance, if this is the case. You may need financial help. Who can you look to or turn to for the financial help that you need? Where will that help come from? You or your loved one may have sought that help by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by connective tissue disease. You may be wondering what to do if you were denied by the Social Security Administration. One thing that you or your loved one can do is to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, here is something important to remember. You or your loved one may need the advice and assistance of a disability attorney like the one you will find at in what can prove to be a long and trying procedure. This is true because claimants who are represented by a disability lawyer are approved more often than those people without an attorney.