Can I Get Social Security Disability For Raynaud's Disease?

Nov 11, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Raynaud's Disease? by

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for Raynaud’s Disease?

Answer: Probably not for Raynaud’s Disease itself but maybe if the Reynaud’s is part of a larger rheumatic problem.

Raynaud’s Disease or Syndrome or Phenomenon, as it is often called, is a problem with the blood circulation going to the fingers or toes.  The blood vessels ordinarily contract when exposed to cold, causing the fingers or toes to blanch, that is, turn white. In Raynaud’s the contraction of the blood vessels gets way out of hand. Minor exposure to cold causes the blood flow to the fingers or toes to almost completely shut down and stay shut down for a long, long time. This is painful and can lead to sores on the hands or feet or even areas of gangrene! See the photos to the left if you wonder whether this could be a serious matter.

Some mild or moderate degree of Raynaud’s is not uncommon in younger women. That can certainly be unpleasant but it’s not going to get you Social Security disability. More severe Raynaud’s is usually associated with some rheumatic disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. In these cases, the person may be coping not only with very severe Raynaud’s but with other symptoms of severe rheumatic disease. That can definitely get a person on Social Security disability.

We help people with Raynaud’s and other rheumatic diseases. We represent Social Security claimants over a wide area of North Carolina. Whether it’s Raleigh or Durham or Wilson or Rocky Mount or High Point, we can help.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.