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Disability and Adult Stills Disease

Adult Stills disease has been historically referred to as Stills disease and most often found in juveniles. Now the medical community most often refers to Stills disease as systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and when the condition occurs in adults, it is referred to as Adult Stills disease. Common systems of this condition include high fevers, rashes, muscle pain, enlargement of the spleen and liver, pericarditis and iinflammation of tissue surrounding the liver. The most common symptom which occurs in all patients is joint inflammation or arthritis.

Causes of Adult Stills Disease

Medical doctors continue to debate the causes of this condition. Some experts in the medical community believe that Adult Stills Disease is an autoimmune disorder, while others claim that it may be caused by an infection (including viral or bacterial).

There is not cure for this condition.Claimants who experience any of the conditions listed above should seek medical treatment to rule out other conditions such as lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis, mononucleosis or other severe infections.

Who is most likely to have Adult Stills Disease?

Adult Stills Disease is most commonly found in individuals ages 15 to 25 and ages 36 to 46 years of age. The disorder does not seem to be hereditary, and males and females have this condition at an equal rate.

Winning SSDI or SSI for Adult Stills Disease

The SSA has two methods for determining if a condition is disabling  and if a claimant should receive SSI or SSDI: determining the condition meets or exceeds a listing in their SSA Listing of Impairments (also known as the Blue Book this list outlines conditions and symptoms which the SSA considers automatically disabling) or through a medical vocational allowance.

Meeting a Disability Listing for Adult Stills Disease and winning SSDI or SSI

Although the SSA does not have a listing for adult stills disease, this does not mean that a claimant could not prove that their condition “meets or exceeds” another listing. For instance, Adults Stills Disease can cause severe chronic inflammation to a claimant’s organs and joints.

If you have severe destruction in your joints, inflammation in your heart or excessive fluid in your lungs it may be possible to prove that your symptoms are as severe as a listing in the SSA Blue Book for conditions which affect these organs.

What will I need to prove my condition is disabling and win SSI or SSDI benefits?

Keep in mind the SSA will expect you to have proof of your symptoms. This means you will need to have your doctor perform a number of diagnostic tests including a physical examination, blood tests and imaging tests such as CT scan, ultrasound or echocardiogram to rule out other conditions and to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Liver function tests can also be done to determine if your condition has caused liver damage.

Winning SSDI or SSI through a medical vocational allowance for Adults Stills Disease

Claimants who cannot prove that their condition meets or exceeds a listing will need medical evidence which proves they do not have the residual capacity to work. Information such as when you condition developed, what symptoms you have, whether your symptoms are continuous, the treatments you have received and the limitations caused by your condition should clearly be stated in you medical records. Claimants whose condition does not meet a listing generally will benefit from assistance from a disability lawyer.
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