Polymyositis and Social Security Disability Benefits
Polymyositis is an inflammatory disease dealing specifically with the inflammation of skeletal muscles. Individuals often experience weakness in the muscles due to the effects of this illness. Swelling, tenderness, and damage often occur as well. The individual most likely will have complications with the muscles in the shoulder and hips.
The illness affects very important muscles that have to deal with overall movement of the body.
Polymyositis and Social Security Disability Help
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the following categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 14.05, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
- Proximal limb‑girdle (pelvic or shoulder) muscle weakness, resulting in inability to ambulate effectively or inability to perform fine and gross movements effectively as defined in 14.00C6 and 14.00C7 OR
- Impaired swallowing (dysphagia) with aspiration due to muscle weakness OR
- Impaired respiration due to intercostal and diaphragmatic muscle weakness OR
- Diffuse calcinosis with limitation of joint mobility or intestinal motility.
The debilitating weakness caused by Polymyositis can render an individual unable to work. The inability to use arms and legs effectively (due to the specific attack on the muscles of the shoulders and hips) interferes greatly with many occupations.