According to Medicine.Net, Morgellons disease, which primarily affects women ages 35 to 50, "is considered a nonspecific skin, nerve and psychiatric disease." Some medical experts also consider it a fiber disease or refer to it as a "skin crawling disease."
Common symptoms of Morgellons Disease
Complaints from Morgellons disease include burning or itching skin or the feeling that something is crawling under the skin. Symptoms can also include hair or threads coming out of the skin, which results in skin lesions. Others describe the sensation as similar to scabies, skin mites or springtails. Many claimants have other symptoms such as chronic fatigue, incoherent thinking, short-term memory loss, fibers or threads in the skin, skin rashes, severe itching and depression.
Morgellons and it's Controversial Cause
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgellons disease is not caused by an infection or parasite. The disease is very controversial, and the CDC notes that some of the signs and symptoms mirror symptoms by mental health claimants of delusional parasitosis where the claimant has a false belief of infestation. The CDC also notes that the highest incidence of this disease occurs in middle-aged white women in California and Texas.
What should be done about Morgellons disease?
Most experts agree that more information and research is needed for this condition. Some medical professionals have yet to conclude that this condition is real or whether it is caused by another condition such as a mental health condition.
Morgellons Disease and SSDI benefits
To win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants must have a condition which is severe, which is expected to last at least 12 continuous months and which does not allow them to perform substantial gainful activity. Claimants must also have worked, paid employment taxes and earned what the SSA refers to as work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits. The SSA does not offer short-term or partial disability benefits.
To determine if your condition is severe enough to qualify for SSDI the SSA will review their Listing of Impairments. If your condition and symptoms are as severe as a listed condition, and you meet the nonmedical requirements mentioned above, the SSA will find you automatically disabled. If your condition does not meet or exceed a listing they will use a process called a medical vocational allowance to determine if your condition is so severe you cannot work for at least 12 continuous.
Is Morgellons Disease on the SSA Listing of Impairments?
Morgellons Disease is not listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments, but you may be able to win benefits if you can prove your condition is as severe as a listing condition. For instance if you could prove that you meet the listing under 8.00 Skin Disorders, section 8.05 Dermatitis. Under this listing you must prove that you have extensive skin lesions that persist for at least three months due to continuing treatment. Additionally, if you have depression or another mental disorder you may prove that you meet a listing under 12.00 Mental Disorders.
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