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Does SSA Qualify Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy as a Disability?

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) is a neurological disorder that affects the nerves, causing problems with blood vessels, bones, muscles and skin. Common symptoms of RSD include bone and muscle pain, muscle spasms, discolored or thinning skin, increased sensitivity or burning sensations, increased perspiration and joint swelling/stiffness. If left untreated, RSD can lead to irreversible damage such as muscle wasting and chronic pain. In order to be eligible for disability benefits due to RSD, the Social Security Administration must find that there is objective medical evidence of the disorder as well as an assessment of the sufferer’s ability to perform job-related activities in spite of their symptoms. Early diagnosis and intervention is key for successful management of RSD.

How Do I Get Approved for Benefits with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy?

For individuals to be eligible for disability benefits due to an impairment like Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, the condition must prevent them from working and earning more than $1,500 per month for a period of 12 months or longer. Additionally, in order to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, they must have worked and paid the necessary FICA taxes to the Social Security Administration for a number of years.