AOSD and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
AOSD stands for adult-onset Still's disease. AOSD is a rare inflammatory disease that is evidenced by swollen or achy joints, a salmon-pink rash that appears on your body and daily spiking fevers.
AOSD is a type of rheumatoid arthritis. AOSD can result in chronic arthritis and other complications as it advances and progresses.
AOSD is named after an English doctor named George Still. He described this condition in children in 1896. Still's disease is now known as systemic onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA).
In 1971, the term "adult Still's disease" was used to refer to adults who had a condition that was like systemic onset JRA. This disease is also known as Still's disease-adult and adult-onset Still‘s disease.
AOSD is a rare disease. Less than 1 out of 100,000 people get this disease each year in the United States. AOSD affects women more often than it does men.
The cause of AOSD is not known at the present time. Researchers believe that a viral or bacterial infection may possibly trigger this disease.
AOSD may cause you to have a daily fever of at least 102 F for a week or longer. This fever usually reaches its peak in the late afternoon or early evening. Once in a while, you may have two fever spikes in a day. Your temperature usually goes back to normal in between your episodes.
The skin rash that results from AOSD is usually salmon pink in color. It comes and goes with your fever.
The joint pain that results from AOSD usually lasts for at least two weeks. You may especially feel the joint pain in your hands, elbows, wrists, shoulders, ankles and knees.
AOSD may also result in muscle pain. This muscle pain is usually connected with your fever. It usually comes and goes with your fever. However, the pain can be severe enough to upset your daily activities.
Signs and symptoms of AOSD
There are some additional signs and symptoms that you may experience with AOSD. Some of these may include:
- Abdominal pain and swelling
- Swollen lymph nodes that are located in your neck
- Pain that you experience whenever you take a deep breath (pleurisy)
- Unintentional weight loss
- A sore throat
- Inflammation of the lining of your heart or lungs
- An enlarged spleen or liver
It is well to remember that these signs and symptoms may be an indication of other disorders or conditions other than AOSD.
In order to diagnose your AOSD, your doctor will probably do a thorough physical exam. He or she will ask about your signs and symptoms and probably want to know your medical history. There are some blood and imaging tests that your doctor will probably want you to have in order to make a definitive diagnosis of AOSD. The reason for this is due to the fact that the signs and symptoms caused by AOSD can mimic other conditions like lymphoma and mononucleosis.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for AOSD at the present time. The purpose of treatment is to help give you relief from the signs and symptoms that are caused by AOSD.
The first treatment is usually non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). A good early indication of how well you will do with AOSD in the long run is if you respond well to these medications.
If you are disabled and cannot work due to AOSD and/or complications that have developed from it or other disorders that you have besides it, you may have put in a claim for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. If your claim was turned down, there is a place that can help.
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