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A 25-year-old member asked:

can you qualify for permanent disability with lupus?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
If it is bad enough: If the lupus is bad enough to cause organ damage it is possible you could qualify for disability. Ask your physician if you should pursue this. His records will be requested by the disability board and a lot of weight given to them.
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Depemds: Disability is a legal determination that you cannot earn money and qualify (by working sufficient years or "quarters") for cash benefits. At your age you wold also need a determination that you are unable to train for a more friendly job for the treatment of your chronic health condition. If treatment is not complete, or you have worked in the past 12 months, you will be ineligible.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
There is a difference on impairment vs disability. Many of my patients with lupus work full time. Lupus is not a reason by itself to stop working or be unable to work. It depends on the specifics of your problems.
Jan 7, 2013

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What can I do to help make a successful disability claim?

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Family Medicine 35 years experience
Be honest: If you have real injury, and is seeing a trustworthy physician, with documented medical findings, then he should have no trouble getting a successful disability claim. Problems occur when there are totally subjective complaints with no objective findings, discrepancies in the history or contradictory multiple examinations by different providers, dr. Shopping, etc.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What do I do if my disability claim in denied?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Talk to your doc: It all depends on what you have, and how much disability you have, as well as the criteria set by your insurance. Talk to your doctor to see what happened, and why. Talk to your insurance agent or benefits manager as well.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does being on disability mean im disabled?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Disability: Disability is both a legal and medical condition. There are plenty of disabled people who do great things every day at work.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How likely will a stroke lead to disability?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends on severity: The likelihood of a disability from a stroke depends on the severity of the stroke, the type of stroke (hemorrhagic vs ischemic) and how quickly one seeks emergency treatment for the stroke. Any suspicion of stroke symptoms warrants immediate emergency care.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What should I expect my conversation to be about with my physician when I have a disability?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: If the disability is temporary an md may discuss physical therapy to aid with a return to normal activity. If it is a permanent disability the discussion may revolve around physical therapy for maintenance of functions and things to be done to improve your lifestyle. Be prepared to discuss your concerns and questions.

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