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Does the SSA Qualify Lupus as a Disability?

For those suffering from lupus, Social Security recognizes it as a debilitating illness. In order to qualify for disability under this listing, the condition must affect two or more body systems and present with at least two of four symptoms: fatigue leading to reduced activity levels, feverishness, malaise causing physical sickness or disquietude coupled with reduction in actionability; lastly involuntary weight loss may be observed.

How Do I Get Approved for Benefits with Lupus?

To determine if an individual has been correctly diagnosed with lupus and that the listing has been “met,” Social Security follows the guidelines set out in the current Criteria for the Classification of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, by the American College of Rheumatology. This sets out eleven criteria to determine if an individual has lupus. Of the eleven criteria, an individual must meet four criteria to be diagnosed with lupus. The criteria include:

  • malar rash
  • discoid rash
  • photosensitivity
  • oral ulcers
  • arthiritis
  • sersitis
  • renal disorder
  • neurologic disorder
  • hematologic disorder
  • immunologic disorder, and/or
  • antinuclear antibody

Medical evidence proving these symptoms may include doctor observations, electrocardiography, and blood tests, but is also dependent on the type of maladies suffered.


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Written by Anna Barnett