What are the symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?
During an attack, your body limits blood flow to the hands and feet. This makes your fingers and toes feel cold and numb. It may also cause your fingers to turn white or blue.
Once blood flow to the fingers and toes returns, they may turn red, tingle and begin to hurt.
An attack usually lasts a few minutes. In some people, it may last more than an hour.
The symptoms of the primary form of Raynaud's phenomenon usually begin between the ages of 15 and 25. The symptoms of the secondary form of Raynaud's phenomenon usually start after the ages of 35 to 40.
For many people, especially those with a primary form of Raynaud's phenomenon, the symptoms are mild and not very troublesome. Others have more severe symptoms.
Essential Medical Documentation Needed for Disability Benefits:
- How frequent and severe are your flare-ups?
- Do you have problems grabbing, grasping things?
- Do you have problems dropping things?
- Do you have limitations/difficulty with fine manipulation (use of fingers)?
- How far can you walk?
- How long can you stand? Do you need a cane/walker to ambulate?
- How much can you lift and carry?
SSA utilizes the term "Impairments" (and resulting "limitations" - why you cannot work) are the essential bits of information that must be clearly and consistently documented throughout your medical history by the treating sources (medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists).
SSA additionally utilizes the term "Residual Functional Capacity" (RFC); this is a key concept related to the resulting physical and/or mental impairments from conditions for which the disability claim is based upon and the impact upon ability to work.
SSA has its own forms that are used for Physical RFC here and for Mental RFC here. These forms can be filled out by the treating source who has the opportunity to examine the patient and understand the limitations which result from his/her condition and thereby document with specificity in the language of SSA disability.