Graves disease is an autoimmune disease which has many different symptoms and may impact the heart, the nervous system, the circulatory system and more. It is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It can be diagnosed by testing the thyroid hormone levels in the blood. Symptoms can include anxiety, irritability, insomnia, nervousness, to muscle weakness, hand tremors, frequent bowel movements, weight loss, exophthalmos (bulging eyes) and irregular heartbeat.
So, how does Graves disease factor into social security disability? It depends on the symptoms and the severity thereof. Most people with this disease can manage their symptoms with treatment. Nonetheless, this disease should be determined on a very case by case basis as far as it helping a claimant obtain social security disability benefits. There is no specific listing for Graves disease, so it is likely that Graves disease will have to be argued as one of many impairments, that in combination, make a claimant disabled.
One example of a symptom of Graves disease preventing work would be for someone who works with their hands. To work with your hands you must have strength, dexterity, and a steady hand. Graves disease can cause muscle weakness and hand tremors. So, if you assembled parts on an assembly line by hand, operated machinery by hand, or had to type on computer efficiently, you would not be able to do these jobs if you had muscle weakness and hand tremors that were severe. This would help your case.
Symptoms of anxiety and irritability due to Graves could limit your ability to interact with co-workers or handle the stress of a given job, or all jobs. There are many possible impacts of Graves disease on your ability to work and with the varying symptoms and severity of this disease, a given case should be analyzed by a social security disability attorney.