Lupus, also known as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a recurrent autoimmune condition that can affect various organs or body systems, including the joints, kidneys, brain, intestines, and eyes. Some people experience minor symptoms, such as joint pain that can be managed with medicine, while others experience severe organ damage, including reduced kidney function.
In addition, some patients have issues that may make it difficult for them to function, such as impaired cognition, memory, and concentration (lupus fog), malaise (generalized discomfort), anxiety, depression, or extreme fatigue.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a medical guide called the Blue Book to determine whether an individual is eligible for disability benefits. Lupus generally falls under the category of immune system disorders in the Blue Book. You must have at least two body systems or organs affected by the disease to qualify, as well as two to four of the following symptoms:
- Fever triggered by no other symptoms
- Extreme fatigue resulting in low activity
- Unintentional weight loss
- Frequent illness or physical discomfort
You can meet the criteria by demonstrating that your lupus complications and symptoms have substantially affected your everyday life. When you are ready to apply for disability benefits, you can speak with a Pennsylvania disability lawyer to ensure that you can optimize your chances of getting approved for the assistance you need.