Raynaud’s Disease: How to Qualify for Social Security Disability
Raynaud’s disease (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon) is a condition that causes areas of the body to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. Raynaud’s disease results from a spasm of the arteries in the fingers and toes during exposure to cold or stress. This contraction leads to narrowing of the blood vessels and a temporary limit on blood supply. In addition to a feeling of coldness or numbness, a person with Raynaud’s may exhibit color changes to their skin during an attack.
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Raynaud’s disease is a condition that is specifically listed in Social Security’s Blue Book listings of impairments. In order for a claimant to be found disabled based on the listing requirements, they must prove that their condition meets or equals the requisite severity level of listing 14.04, subsection C. To meet the provisions of this listing, a claimant must provide medical documentation that demonstrates they suffer from Raynaud’s disease characterized by 1) gangrene involving at least two extremities, or 2) ischemia with ulcerations of toes or fingers, resulting in the inability to ambulate effectively or to perform fine and gross movements efficiently.
Even if a claimant’s Raynaud’s disease does not meet the requisite severity level for a listing, they may still be found disabled based on the physical limitations their condition causes. Premier Disability Services, LLC has extensive experience assisting claimants who suffer from Raynaud’s disease. If you are suffering from Raynaud’s and you are unable to work, please contact our office for a free evaluation of your claim.