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Can you file for disability if you are dealing with Ankylosing Spondylitis?

By October 9, 2009 - 7:31am
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I have dealt with back and joint pain the majority of my adult life. My primary physician shrugged it off because I am overweight. After changing primary physicians about 2 years ago, I expressed my concern over my increasing joint pains to my new primary, and he referred me to a Rheumatologist. After various blood tests, x-rays, and MRI's, the specialist diagnosed me with Anklyosing Spondylitis. I have taken anti-inflammatories, methotrexate, and am now injecting myself with a biologic every week (50mg). The problem is that my health continues to deteriorate. My back and neck are still in pain, and my ribs ache when I breathe. To add to this issue, I also have osteoarthritis in both hips, arthritis in both knees, and a torn meniscus. I live in New York City, and commute to work, so I use staircases frequently, and it's very painful walking and worse using stairs. A few weeks ago, someone bumped into me in the train station as I was walking down the stairs, and I fell down the last 3 steps. I work in an office, so I am sitting most of the day, and I have to get up every hour, and walk around a bit, because my joints are aching, and my back is already hunching over. I am in constant pain, and I use a cane already, and I'm pretty sure a wheelchair is in my future. I am only 47 years old, can I file for disability, and what would be my possibilities of getting it?

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Hey Susan,

The link you included to the SSD application isn't working. It looks like it has changed to - http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/apply.html

Also, there's a nice overview of the SSD process here - http://www.ssdfighters.com/social-security-disability-lawyer/an-overview/

October 6, 2014 - 8:06am
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you, Anon. Susan's link was shared in 2009, so it's not surprising that it's been updated. Thanks for sharing! Pat

October 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
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