Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs. is an autoimmune disease that can impact almost any part of your body. Although lupus can be treated, there is no cure. Lupus causes your immune system to attack your body’s cells and tissues, causing inflammation and tissue damage.
Common symptoms of lupus include fever, general discomfort or uneasiness, joint pains, fatigue, muscle pain, and loss of cognitive abilities. Lupus symptoms can place great limitations on your daily living activities and social functioning. Because these symptoms are both widespread and common in other diseases, lupus can be easily overlooked or misdiagnosed.
If you have a diagnosis of lupus, and your symptoms keep you from working full-time, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Our attorneys at Hoglund Law Offices recommend that you see a particular kind of medical specialist to perform tests and document your lupus symptoms. Autoimmune diseases can be difficult to diagnose and treat, so the medical record evidence is very important when proving your impairments to Social Security judges at hearings.