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Most people who are bitten by ticks infected with Lyme disease are able to receive prompt treatment that includes a round of antibiotics. These individuals will recover fully from the disease. However, people who are not able to receive treatment before Lyme disease progresses will have to live with the disease and its complications for life.
Some of the complications of Lyme disease can make it difficult for people to complete physical tasks. Symptoms of the disease also affect brain function. Anyone who feels that they are no longer able to work due to complications from Lyme disease should consider applying for social security disability (SSD) benefits. These benefits are available to people who have worked in the past. The program is intended to act as insurance policy in case a person becomes temporarily or permanently disabled.
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease develops in people who are bitten by infected ticks. It is possible for people to stop the development of the disease if they receive prompt treatment after being bitten by a tick, but many people are unaware that they have been bitten and seek medical treatment too late.
People who notice a rash after being bitten by a tick need to visit a medical provider in order to be treated for Lyme disease. Development of Lyme disease can take up to a month after a person is bitten. Symptoms of the condition include swelling in the joints, fatigue, memory impairment, difficulty concentrating, and weakness in the face and tingling in the extremities or on the back.
Joint pain and stiffness may progress in a way that makes symptoms mimic arthritis. Knee pain and stiffness could even lead to a condition that requires a person to have a portion of the joint removed in order to alleviate symptoms. Complications in the nervous system that can occur due to Lyme disease can lead to meningitis, swelling in the brain and cognitive problems. Inflammation of the heart can also develop over time.
Qualifying For Social Security Due To Lyme Disease
It may be difficult for a medical professional to diagnose Lyme disease if a person does not seek treatment until the disease has progressed. This is because the disease has symptoms that are similar to symptoms in other conditions including fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. Anyone who suffers from Lyme disease will need to have a series of tests done to ensure that the correct diagnosis is made.
Qualifying for SSD benefits is a matter of presenting proof of disability to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA will need to see that a person is so negatively affected by their condition that they cannot work. The physical limitations of the disease for a particular individual will be displayed when the residual function capacity (RFC) test is administered. This test helps determine whether a person is able to complete job tasks for any position for which they are qualified.
Medical records are used to evaluate whether the joint stiffness, muscle weakness, cognitive problems or fatigue suffered by a person who has Lyme disease are severe enough to qualify them for benefits. A licensed medical professional should be keeping detailed records for this purpose.
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