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Can you qualify for SSDI with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Supplemental Security Income |

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of related connective-tissue disorders that are typically characterized by hypermobile joints, fragile skin and chronic pain. Because EDS affects a person’s collagen, it can affect almost any structure within their body, including their ligaments, blood vessels and organs.

But, is EDS considered a disabling condition for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? It can be.

The physical limitations can be severe

Many people with EDS suffer from mobility issues. The same joint hypermobility that makes people with EDS so flexible can make their joints terribly unstable and prone to injury. Just walking or standing for long periods can cause some EDS patients to dislocate certain joints. 

Over time, the limitations on someone’s mobility can increase, making it harder for them to live independently or even handle routine daily tasks. 

Fatigue and chronic pain are additional complications

One of the reasons that EDS can be so disabling is that fatigue and chronic pain are part of the condition. Frequent dislocations and subluxations of their joints can be excruciating, and the constant battle with fatigue caused by the condition can sap an EDS patient of all their energy and make it difficult to be productive.

Mental health comorbidities are common

EDS can also exact a pretty heavy toll on a sufferer’s mental health. The relentless cycles of pain, fatigue and limitations can leave EDS patients feeling frustrated, isolated or helpless. The unpredictability of their condition – and the lack of effective treatments – can compound the mental burden, as can the overall lack of understanding of the condition among medical providers. 

If you have EDS and want to file for SSDI, you probably already realize that your claim may have some challenges, simply because the disorder isn’t well-known or well-understood. Seeking legal guidance early can make it easier to get your claim approved.