Sjögren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disease where an individual’s white blood cells attack moisture-producing glands. The disease was highlighted last year in the national sports spotlight as Venus Williams had to withdraw from the US Open after being diagnosed with the disease.
Typical symptoms of Sjögren’s include dry eyes and dry mouth, but may also affect the functioning of other organs and the central nervous system. Individuals may also suffer from fatigue and joint pain. Sjögren’s may be present in conjunction with another autoimmune disorder and may not be readily diagnosed.
While some people experience mild symptoms, others may suffer debilitating symptoms that affect their ability to function in their day-to-day lives, including an inability to work.
Individuals suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome maybe eligible for Social Security Disability if a rheumatologist has diagnosed their condition. In addition, under Social Security Listing §14.10, if the medical evidence establishes:
A. Involvement of two or more organs/body systems, with:
- One of the organs/body systems involved to at least a moderate level of severity
- At least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss)
B. Repeated manifestations of Sjögren’s syndrome, with at least two of the constitutional symptoms or signs (severe fatigue, fever, malaise, or involuntary weight loss) and one of the following at the marked level:
- Limitation of activities of daily living.
- Limitation in maintaining social functioning.
- Limitation in completing tasks in a timely manner due to deficiencies in concentration, persistence, or pace.
If you are suffering from Sjögren’s Syndrome or other autoimmune disorder that seriously impacts your ability to work, you should contact an attorney to discuss whether you might be eligible for Social Security Disability.