If you have recently been diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in New York, you probably have a lot of questions about the disease and the extent of disability you might experience. Although many people are unaware the disease even exists, there are currently at least 4 million sufferers in the US alone. The symptoms may vary, but many people find that the disease interferes with their ability to work and lead a normal life. As Yonkers disability lawyers, we’d like to explain more about the disease and how we can help you when applying for Social Security disability for Sjögren’s in New York.
What Is Sjögren’s Syndrome?
Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease. When you suffer from Sjögren’s syndrome, the white blood cells in your body mistake some of your normal body tissues, mostly mucous or moisture-producing glands, for “invaders” and attack those cells. Curiously, nine out of ten sufferers are female, and the disease often goes undiagnosed if the symptoms are mild.
There are two main types:
- Primary Sjögren’s occurs on its own.
- Secondary Sjögren’s occurs in tandem with other rheumatological/autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
What Are the Symptoms?
The symptoms of Sjögren’s range from mild to severe, and may affect many different parts of the body. The most common complaints are dry eyes or dry mouth, but many people also experience general fatigue, joint problems, lung and breathing issues, fever, glandular swelling, weight loss, and other issues.
Is Sjögren’s Always Disabling?
As seen above, people who suffer from Sjögren’s syndrome may experience a wide range of symptoms and limitations. In fact, many people with Sjögren’s lead completely normal lives. However, for those who have severe symptoms, the disease can be severely disabling. The associated dry mouth and swollen neck glands can make it impossible to eat, speak for long periods of time, or swallow. Dry eyes and mucous membranes can also make it more likely that you will develop frequent eye, lung, or dental infections, and you may often feel tired or generally unwell.
What Can I Do?
If you suffer from Sjögren’s syndrome, the most important thing you can do is see your doctor regularly and follow his or her instructions for your care. You may find that this kind of regular medical care helps you live more normally and cope better with the disease.
If you need help pursuing Social Security disability for Sjögren’s in New York, contact an experienced and compassionate White Plains disability lawyer today at 855-614-4351. We look forward to speaking with you during a completely free, no-obligation legal consultation.