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Polymyalgia Rheumatica: New Classification Criteria May Help Collect Social Security Disability Benefits

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According to the American College of Rheumatology, classification criteria for polymyalgia rheumatica have been released. When you suffer from a debilitating condition that impairs your ability to function, you could qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Polymyalgia rheumatica is a condition commonly experienced amongst older individuals; however, it has been difficult for doctors to diagnose. It generally occurs in those who are 50 and older, with the most common symptoms being pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, and hips. Despite the pain felt, there is usually no evidence of inflammation in the joints. It is also more likely to impact the shoulder and hip areas.

Diagnosing polymyalgia rheumatica condition has been a challenge due to the symptoms mimicking other conditions, not having the availability of a test to detect it, and limited research on potential treatment.

With the classification criteria in place, this allows for those challenges to be met head on. This means taking steps to develop clinical trials and new therapies that may help.

The criterion that must be met in order to be diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica includes: 

  • sudden, unexplained hip pain;
  • pain on both sides of the shoulder;
  • stiffness that lasts at least 45 minutes upon first waking up;
  • tests for rheumatoid arthritis are negative (no swelling seen in the small joints of feet or hands); and
  • measuring of erythrocyte and protein in blood indicates high levels of inflammation.

Individuals who believe they meet this criterion should discuss their symptoms with a rheumatologist.

If you’re diagnosed with such a condition, filing for Social Security disability may be something you consider. Understand that applying for these benefits is complicated and time-consuming, but at LaVan & Neidenberg®, our team of disability representatives is ready for the challenge. We like to empower our clients by providing a FREE Social Security disability guide so you can learn more about the process of filing for disability benefits.

When you’re ready to get started, contact LaVan & Neidenberg® to begin your claim. Our state-of-the-art, customized intake and database system means less hassle, so you can focus on what’s most important to you instead of having to spend your days wading through confusing legalese and legal red tape. Call today - 1-888-234-5758.

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