What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?
Also known as ‘Sicca Syndrome’ Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune disorder of the exocrine glands. The most noticeable symptoms are extreme dry eyes, dry mouth, leading to possible complications such as corneal damage, blepharitis, dysphagia, multiple cavities and even kidney damage. Severe fatigue and malaise are also common.
Many other organs are involved with Sjogren’s syndrome. These include musculoskeletal problems, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, skin, neurologic, mental, and neoplastic.
Sjogren’s is also sometimes associated with other autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. A high Rh factor in your blood can be a possible indicator of Sjogren’s disease.
SSA Has A Separate Listing for Sjogren’s
If you suffer from Sjogren’s syndrome you could be entitled to social security disability benefits.
Previously patients with Sjogren’s syndrome had to match under certain multiple other types of criteria for other related diseases in addition to qualify; such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis.
This was due to the fact that no guidelines existed specifically for Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation Advocates for Benefits
Thankfully the Sjogren’s Foundation (SSF) and its Medical and Scientific Advisory Board (MSAB) recognized the disabling effects this disorder can have and made a delivery about Sjogren’s at two conferences organized by the SSA.
After twice submitting recommendations for changes to the SSA guidelines, they received consensus from a team of experts determining that Sjogren’s Syndrome could indeed be a disabling disease.
The SSA will determine benefits based on a patient’s medical case record as well as other factors to see how much this disease interferes with his or her life. This, along with treatment options, side effects of medication, frequency and duration of symptoms.