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How bad does my arthritis have to get before I can claim disability?

I have osteoarthritis in my neck, lower back, wrists and ankles. I take prescription anti inflamitories and muscle relaxers in order to go to work. I work 10 hrs a day on my feet constantly moving, stretching and bending. While this movement is good for my arthritis, it can get really painful by the end of the day. I feel like I am up a creek without a paddle most of the time, especially after a 3 day workout. Then I just totally crash. I am tired of waking up with swollen hands, having a crick in my back and limping for a while after sitting down for 30 minutes.

Asked By: cyndee_45 - 5/23/2007
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yes speak with ur doctor,,,or a good doctor.Every state has different laws in regards to disability..Every lawyer wants u on disability,,thats how the disability lawyers get paid,,and they can streach it out 4 years,,,the longer they streach it the more of the back pay they owe u,,they get...plus the system is sooo... More
Answered By: donttrustsnowmen - 5/23/2007
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This is something you need to discuss with your doctor. Only he or she can decide if you might qaulify for disability. Please keep in mind that disablility is not all it is cracked up to be and you will not get anywhere near the amount of money each month that you make working. Your best option right now since you... More
Answered By: mlgable - 5/23/2007
 
difficult to get disability for physical stuff. you have to be unemployed for at least one year to apply.
Answered By: mtnsky - 5/23/2007
 
Osteoarthritis for the most part can be treated, although painful, anti-inflammatory do help as you already know. The next step is surgery one joint at a time. It would be very hard to get disability from osteoarthritis since about 80% of us have it, its part of getting older. Rheumatoid arthritis (crippling arthritis... More
Answered By: xkiss_thisx - 5/23/2007
 
you might want to claim right now, since you already need prescriptions to function, or just find a new job, which ever is easier.
Answered By: Blank - 5/23/2007
 
honestly you should not have let it get that bad. you need to go to the doctor before it's to late
Answered By: Miller L - 5/23/2007
 
sorry to hear of your pain. can you possibly apply for partial disability... More
Answered By: adnilcomplicated - 5/23/2007
 
EXCELLENT QUESTION!! The answer is somewhat complicated, but I'll give you the "bottomline answer". Then, for further information, please refer to these websites... More
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Answered By: disabilitylady - 5/23/2007
 
What you have looks so much like rheumatoid arthritis, especially swollen hands, involvement of wrists and ankles, tiredness and 30 minutes in the morning before you feel well and up to it... More
Answered By: Pierre - 5/24/2007
 
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