What are the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome?
The main symptoms are:
- Dry eyes. Your eyes may burn or itch or feel like they have sand in them. Sometimes Sjögren's syndrome can cause blurry vision or sensitivity to bright light, especially fluorescent lighting.
- Dry mouth. Your mouth may feel chalky or like it is full of cotton.
- You may have trouble:
- Because you lack the protective effects of saliva, you may develop more dental decay (cavities) and mouth infections.
Sjögren's syndrome also can affect other parts of the body, including:
- Blood vessels.
- Digestive organs.
Symptoms can include:
- Dry skin.
- Skin rashes.
- Chronic dry cough.
- Thyroid problems.
- Joint and muscle pain.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.
- Fatigue or feeling very tired.
Essential Medical Documentation of Sjogren's for Disability Benefits:
- How frequent and severe is your fatiguability?
- What limitations do you have doing physical activity? (stand, walk, lift/carry)
- How frequent and severe is your muscle and/or joint pain?
- How frequent and severe is numbness/tingling in your upper/lower extremities?
- How frequent and severe are your flare-ups (dry eyes, skin cracking/peeling/rashes)?
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. 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. SSA "Listing" or "Blue Book" description for Sjogren's Syndrome can be found here (See 14.10)
Your disablity lawyer must work closely with your treating physician to get the proper documentation of your specific findings and impairments into the medical records. At Law Med that's what we