Raynaud's Disease and Getting Social Security Benefits
Raynaud's disease is a disorder that has to do with your arteries. Your arteries are the blood vessels that transport blood to the other areas of your body from your heart.
Raynaud's disease is marked by parts of your body that feel cool and numb in response to cold temperatures or emotional stress. The areas of your body that are affected most of the time by Raynaud's disease are the tip of your nose and your ears and your fingers.
Raynaud's disease is a disorder that is characterized by attacks or episodes. Your arteries begin to narrow (constrict), when you have an attack of Raynaud's disease. This results in your skin turning from its normal color to blue. This is because of an insufficient amount of oxygen-rich blood getting to the affected areas of your body. During an episode of Raynaud's disease, your blood does not flow like it should to your skin's surface.
Your skin becomes red, due to the blood rushing back through your arteries when an episode of Raynaud's disease has ended. An attack of this disorder may last anywhere from several minutes to an hour or longer.
After an episode of Raynaud's disease has ended, your skin will start to throb or tingle as it begins to warm up again. It may take as long as fifteen minutes for your blood flow to get back to being normal.
Raynaud's disease was first described by the French doctor, Maurice Raynaud. He described this disorder in 1862.
Raynaud's disease is known by other names. It is also called Raynaud's phenomenon or Raynaud's syndrome.
Somewhere between 5 and 10% of the population of the United States are estimated to be afflicted with Raynaud's disease. It occurs most often in people who are living in colder climates, and women get this disorder more often than men do.
There are two kinds of Raynaud's disease. They are primary and secondary.
Primary Raynaud's is when this disorder develops in the absence of an associated medical difficulty or underlying disease that could produce vasospasm (constricting of your blood vessels). Primary Raynaud's is the most common type of this disorder.
Secondary Raynaud's develops due to an underlying problem. Although it is not as common as primary Raynaud's, secondary Raynaud's is usually a more serious disorder.
Causes, signs and symptoms of Raynauds
Raynaud's disease is caused by a response to cold temperatures or emotional stress. However, doctors do not fully know what causes this response to take place. It is believed that Raynaud's disease may be partly an inherited (genetic) disorder.
The signs and symptoms that you experience with Raynaud's disease are determined by the duration, severity and frequency of the blood vessel spasms that underlie the disorder.
Signs and symptoms include:
- A sequence of color changes that take place in your skin that are a response to stress or cold temperatures
- Cold toes and fingers
- Stinging pain or a numb, prickly feeling when warmth takes place or stress is relieved
Are you incapacitated and not able to work as a result of Raynaud's disease and/or complications that have developed from it or other conditions that you have besides this disorder? If this is true, are you in need of financial aid because of your disability?
Have you decided to apply for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Have you already done this and been turned down? You should seek the experience of an attorney and get legal help today.
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