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Living with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome – complex regional pain syndrome (RSDS/CRPS) can be difficult for people who suffer from a severe case of the disease. Complications related to RSDS/CRPS can significantly limit a person’s ability to complete normal activities. While medications can reduce pain related to the condition, side effects of these medications cause issues related to concentration. Some people are even unable to work due to this condition.
Social security disability (SSD) benefits are available for people who are not able to work due to a disability. People who have worked fund these benefits and had withdrawals made from their paychecks in order to pay for the insurance program. Unlike government assistance, SSD benefits are only offered to people who have worked to earn the benefits. Anyone who finds themselves needing to apply for SSD benefits should understand that these are benefits that they are entitled to because of their hard work. SSD is not a handout.
What is RSDS/CRPS?
RSDS/CRPS is a condition that causes sufferers to feel chronic pain at the affected part of the body. While researchers are not entirely certain about the reason that the body starts to feel chronic, regional pain, it is believed that this condition is related to a dysfunction in the central nervous system. The brain sends impulses to nerves in a centralized location of the body on a regular basis. These impulses in the nerves cause a sufferer to feel pain.
People who suffer from RSDS/CRPS may notice changes in the rate at which their hair or nails grow. The pain that is associated with this condition is typically described as a burning pain, and there may be swelling in addition to pain at the affected site. RSDS/CRPS is believed to hinder healing for sufferers.
Qualifying for Social Security due to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has acknowledged that RSDS/CRPS is a condition that causes severe, consistent pain that makes sufferers unable to work. The SSA has also recognized that pain medications often cause side effects that hinder a person’s ability to work. For example, many strong pain medications make it difficult for a person to concentrate on work tasks.
Sufferers must consult a medical professional about pain related to RSDS/CRPS in order to establish that a disability is present. The medical professional will need to diagnose the condition and keep notes related to symptoms that the sufferer complains about. Qualifying for SSD also requires a person to experience at least one complication besides the pain associated with RSDS/CRPS. Complications include osteoporosis, swelling, excessive sweating and involuntary movement.
It is important for SSD applicants to provide the SSA with thorough medical records. Anyone suffering from RSDS/CRPS should seek prompt medical attention and talk with their doctor about gathering the information needed to apply for benefits.
Help with the SSD application process is available from experienced SSD attorneys, like the team at The Social Security Counseling Center. These legal professionals are able to help people gather medical information and complete an application correctly to ensure that the SSA is being given an accurate picture of a person’s need for benefits.
Our attorneys can help expedite the application process by helping a person determine whether their disability could qualify them for benefits, and ultimately ensuring they get the compensation they deserve. Call us today at [number type=”1″] or at our toll free number [number type=”3″] for a free consultation.