Undifferentiated connective tissue disease can be difficult to diagnosis. It is a systemic autoimmune disease. What this means is that a person with this disease, their immune system does not behave as it should. Instead of fighting infections like viruses, a person with undifferentiated connective tissue disease’s immune system attacks its own body.
Someone with undifferentiated connective tissue disease would see a rheumatologist. As the phrase “connective tissue disease” implies, these are diseases that might involve the muscles, joints, skin, heart, lungs, and eyes just to name a few. A person who has features of connective tissue disease but, does not fulfill the diagnostic benchmarks for any one disease; would be considered to have undifferentiated connective tissue disease. This disease may progress into one specific connective tissue disease over time.
Some of the symptoms of this disease are fatigue, swelling of the lymph nodes, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, heartburn, cough, chest pain, and joint pain. This is not a complete list of the possible symptoms that are attributed to this disease. To diagnosis this disease, as mentioned above a rheumatologist is required. This type of doctor is a specialist in this area.
It takes many factors to diagnosis undifferentiated connective tissue disease. A complete history and examination are vital. Also things like labs, x-rays, CT scans. There is no one blood test to confirm this disease. There is also no cure for this disease. The best course of action is early identification and treatment. Since, before a treatment can be recommended, the extent of the damage to the organ(s) is needed. Persons with this type of disease are usually put on anti-inflammatories and an immunosuppressant.
To prove a case of disability to the Social Security Administration you will have to have medical evidence that shows which organs are being affected and how they are being affected. Along with to what degree. The list of symptoms that you are experiencing and how your life might be being affected by your disease. Like how the disease affects your daily activities. Or does it affect your concentration and how it does this.
This article gives a basic outline of Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. Who you should see if you feel you might suffer from it and what types of tests one might have to take to be diagnosed. Along with what Social Security Disability will want to see in your evidence to possibly deem you disabled and approve your claim.