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Getting Social Security Disability for Psoriatic Arthritis

Can I get Social Security Disability for psoriatic arthritis? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you have this disease, and it and/or complications resulting from the disease or other debilitating disorders in addition to it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. filing-for-disability Arthritis is not just one disease. It is a broad, complicated disorder including more than 100 forms, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the two most common types. Inflammation Arthritis can bring about tenderness and pain that is made worse by movement or activity. Arthritis involves inflammation that you experience as redness, warmth, stiffness and/or swelling. It will probably cause you to lose flexibility or range of motion in the joint or joints affected by the disease. Arthritis can also cause weakness, extreme fatigue, deformity in your joints, loss of energy and unexplained weight loss. Psoriatic arthritis is one of the forms of arthritis. It is an inflammatory kind of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis. Skin condition About 5 to 7% of the people who have psoriasis (chronic skin condition), also have psoriatic arthritis. Everyone who is afflicted with psoriatic arthritis has psoriasis, but not everyone who has psoriasis has psoriatic arthritis or will develop the disease. Psoriatic arthritis is a systemic rheumatic disease that may also result in inflammation in body tissues away from your joints. It may also produce inflammation in your eyes, kidneys, heart and lungs. There are 5 primary kinds of psoriatic arthritis. They are: Symmetric – This form accounts for around 50% of all cases of psoriatic arthritis. It affects joints on both sides of your body at the same time. Symmetric is similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Asymmetric – This kind represents around 35% of the cases of psoriatic arthritis. It does not occur in the same joints on both sides of your body. Asymmetric is usually milder than symmetric and usually involves less than three joints. Spondylitis - This form is evidenced by stiffness in your spine or neck. It can also affect your hands and feet and acts in a way like symmetric. Distal interphalangeal predominant - This kind is marked by inflammation and stiffness in the joints closest to the ends of your fingers and toes. It often results in significant changes to your nails. Arthritis mutilans – This type only accounts for less than 5% of the cases. It is a severe, deforming, destructive form of the disease. Again, you may be suffering with psoriatic arthritis. The disease and/or complications resulting from it or other disabling conditions in addition to it are why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. Have you applied for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you denied? Important fact If you are going to reapply or appeal your denial, remember this important fact. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at, are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney. The wise thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+