There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases. Some common ones include psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid diseases and lupus.
The above-referenced conditions involve the body’s natural defense system attacking itself because it has difficulty distinguishing between your own and foreign cells. These diseases can impact your entire body.
What symptoms might someone with an autoimmune disease experience?
Individuals suffering from autoimmune diseases may experience varying symptoms depending on the condition they have. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and vary depending on a patient’s other pre-existing health concerns, genetics or environmental factors.
Some symptoms that many individuals with autoimmune diseases commonly experience, though. These often include digestive issues, joint and abdominal swelling and pain, skin issues, fatigue, swollen glands and chronic fever.
Are some individuals predisposed to develop autoimmune diseases?
Genetics may make you more likely to develop certain autoimmune diseases. Studies have shown a link between smoking and the emergence of certain autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and hyperthyroidism.
People who are overweight or obese have a stronger likelihood of developing autoimmune diseases such as psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis due to the presence of fatty tissue, which causes joint inflammation, and the additional stress their excess weight places on their joints. A person’s use of blood pressure medications and specific antibiotics may increase their chances of developing an autoimmune condition as well.
Does your autoimmune disease qualify you to receive SSDI?
Many individuals who suffer from autoimmune diseases will say that no two days are alike. They may experience a variety of symptoms, with symptoms being more pronounced on some days than others. This day-to-day unpredictability may impact your ability to hold down reliable employment. You may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It’s wise to understand the eligibility criteria for benefits and whether you might qualify. Contact an attorney to determine whether your specific condition and symptoms may be enough to qualify for disability benefits.