Social Security disability

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Is it hard to get social security disability for rhuatoid arthritis? Does anybody know

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    Hi Ted,

    are you in the UK

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    Hi Ted. If you are under 65 you can make a PIP claim (online claim form). This will enable you to get a mobility car etc. But don't leave it until you are over 65 because it is just classed as age related illness and there is no financial help.

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      You need enhanced rate of pip for to get the car ruth and its not certain your going to get that rate even having RA just my friend also has RA same as myself and went for his pip face to face he was hoping for enhanced rate so he got car to get him about cos of his mobility restrictions but he never got enhanced rate he was hoping for..
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      I hope he keeps trying because this is a degenerative disease. I made the mistake of not telling them just how bad it is, I concentrated on what I could do rather than what I couldn't. Within six months I was unable to walk anywhere near as much as I could before. By then of course was 65 and not eligible. I have a friend who is nowhere near as bad as me and she gets a mobility car. I think you must not go for an assessment when you feel good.

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       I think you must not go for an assessment when you feel good.

      Unfortunately Ruth, I don't think you have a lot of choice if they send for you.

       

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      9 times out of 10 you will have to attend the thing with RA your always going to have bad days and better days maybe not alot of better days...RA is here to stay once your diagnosed so always tell them the bad days never say you get good ones cos they never last good luck to all and hang in there 👍👍👍

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    If you're here in the states, I'm in the same boat. I have lots of issues, but talk to your doctor(s) and get an attonrney. Everyone says this isn't somethng you do yourself. 

    Good Luck.

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    If you can't work you can apply for ESA .You can also apply for PIPS. Hope that helps

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       Hi Ted

            I am also from the US but I like this site---very helpful people on here.   

    Regarding soc sec  the only thing I do know is that it is much easier to obtain benefits than in previous years.   Most had to get a lawyer and fight to obtain benefits

         Think it will depend on your doctor's report and your degree of disability.  There are measurable factors in RA unlike some conditions like back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression.   In those conditions it is often just the person's word and denials used to be a big problem.    I am retired so already get soc sec since I worked many years and reached benefit age.   Good luck --- I have read that sometimes you need to apply more than once before finally getting appoval but there are lawyers who work with people and help when it is needed

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