Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) and Social Security Disability
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Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is NSF?
NSF is a rare disorder characterized by the progressive thickening and hardening of the skin, joints, eyes, and internal organs. It is closely linked to kidney patients who have undergone imaging studies (i.e. MRI, MRA) involving gadolinium, a toxic contrast agent used in such studies. NSF affects both males and females and can occur in people of all ages; however, it is most commonly diagnosed in middle-aged individuals. There is no cure for NSF, but improving renal function by any means possible has been shown to slow the progression of NSF, and in some cases, reverse its process over time.
Some of the symptoms of NSF include:
- Large areas of thickened, hardened skin, usually on the extremities and trunk
- Development of a “woody”or orange peel-like consistency of the affected skin
- Burning, itching, or sharp pains in affected areas
- Contracture of joints
- Loss of range of motion
- Muscle weakness
- Bone pain
- Hand and foot swelling
- Yellow papules or plaques near the eyes
- Unexplained hypertension
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and NSF
NSF automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with NSF, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with NSF, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.