safe answer to that question is: "You must not be able to carry out any type of substantial work." if the disease effects you so much as you cannot mantain a part time job, or support yourself through the work you can do, and are severely disabled due to RA...then you should pursue SSDI.
as of now...i have applied & been denied 4 times for disability. i had to leave work in may 2005. and now, if i can shower/bathe/and get dressed that is a MAJOR accomplishment; yet i am still not awarded disability. there's 4 or 5 days in a row where i can't stand up long enough to
open a can of soup & heat it...yet there's no disability awarded!
in all...the whole process can take years even if you are extremely ill. other times, people get it right away.
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg.