new to post with RA and disabilty question

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vegasoregon mom
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   Posted 3/22/2010 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am in my early forties and have had arthritis for about twenty years. All of my toes and my R. ankle are frozen. Also only two fingers on my L hand are frozen in the last few years I am showing signs that all of my other fingers are becoming arthritic as are other various joints. Is this normal? I thought RA was symmetrical and I am most definitely asymmetrical  symptomatic.
I also have another question, I had cancer three years ago and lost my health insurance.  I have not been treated for my RA in years and try to survive on OTC's. I am restricted in mobility to the point that I can not be physically active most days and am considering applying for Social Security disability and I am trying to decide if I am not trying hard enough or am I really disabled? If I question myself, I feel that SSD benefits will probably be denied.I have heard that it is extremely hard to get through the process especially since I have not been to a Dr. for my RA in years.

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   Posted 3/22/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome vegasoregon mom to HW and the RA forumsmilewinkgrin

Im not sure about applying for disability (Im from Australia)

I hope someone comes along to advice you on that.

Good luck.


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