Living with a disability is difficult, and the struggles of a disabled individual are exasperated by an inability to work. People who cannot work because of the severe and ongoing symptoms and complications of a disability often worry about how they will be able to pay their bills. Social security disability (SSD) benefits are intended to help disabled individuals who have worked in the past. These benefits are funded through paycheck deductions, so applicants have already paid into the program.

What Is Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy?

Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy refers to a group of diseases that cause chronic muscle inflammation. People who have idiopathic inflammatory myopathy experience severe muscle weakness that may make it difficult for them to stand or walk.

There are three different persistent types of this condition, and each type of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy comes with a unique set of symptoms and complications.

Polymyositis affects the skeletal muscles found throughout the body. This condition generally affects adults. Muscle weakness is the result of polymyositis, and people who suffer from this condition may experience a severe reduction in range of motion. Arthritis and respiratory problems are common with this condition.

Dermatomyositis causes a skin rash that is often experienced at the same time as muscle weakness. Rashes spread on the eyelids and joints. Weight loss is common, and sufferers may develop a sensitivity to light. Calcium deposits and tumors often occur with dermatomyositis.

Inclusion body myositis causes severe muscle weakness. Loss of coordination is experienced as the muscles are damaged. Small holes appear in the fiber of the muscles. Weakness in the muscles in the hand can make it very difficult for affected individuals to grip items, fasten buttons or hold objects. Sufferers also have difficulty swallowing due to complications of the condition.

Some people can successfully manage the disease with exercise and therapy. However, individuals who suffer from other conditions in addition to idiopathic inflammatory myopathy may be unable to keep the condition under control.

Can You Get Disability For Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy?

Some people are able to control their symptoms and maintain a high quality of life with idiopathic inflammatory myopathy. However, people who also suffer from cardiac or pulmonary conditions are often unable to manage the condition. Loss of range of motion and general muscle weakness can make it difficult for these individuals to complete job tasks.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines whether an applicant is qualified to receive SSD benefits by evaluating proof of disability. The applicant must establish that they are experiencing chronic symptoms that severely limit their physical or mental abilities. These symptoms must be expected to last for a minimum of 12 months, and the SSA generally requires that all treatment options be exhausted before benefits can be provided.

The most important portion of the application is the proof of disability. This evidence should be provided through medical records. Thorough, accurate medical records that are put together by a licensed provider should be sent to the SSA with the application. The most common reason for the denial of an application is a lack of evidence.

Getting Help From an Attorney

Applying for benefits is a stressful process that may cause applicants to feel hopeless. An individual’s ability to pay for housing and groceries may rest on the acceptance of an SSD benefits application. It is recommended that disabled individuals consult with an attorney during this process. Attorneys with experience in handling SSD cases are able to guide their clients through the application process. Having help during a difficult time allows applicants to feel as if they have someone on their side. Attorneys have the knowledge needed to ensure that applications are complete and accurate to boost the chances that the application for benefits will be approved.