Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Sjogren’s Syndrome

Auto-Immune Disease

An auto-immune disease is a disease where a person’s immune system is overactive. Instead of attacking only ‘bad things’ in your body (disease and infection) your body begins attacking your healthy cells and tissues as well which causes inflammation and pain. There are more than 80 types of auto-immune diseases and some have similar symptoms and getting a diagnosis can be frustrating. Auto-immune diseases are also characterized by flare-ups and remissions.

• Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects small joints that causes painful swelling that eventually damages the bones. Rheumatoid arthritis can be very painful and crippling and many of its sufferers have trouble with simple tasks like buttoning a shirt or opening doors.

• Lupus (the most common of the three types being Systemic Lupus Erthematosus) is also a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect different body systems like your skin, joints, kidneys, blood, brain, and more. Lupus is difficult to diagnose and can vary in intensity from inconvenient to life threatening.

• Sjogren’s syndrome is often identified by the most common symptoms of dry eyes and mouth and can accompany common disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Symptoms vary but many people experience join pain, swelling, and stiffness which can be exacerbated by certain tasks.

If you perform repetitive motions, remain sedentary, type a lot, are an assembly line worker, perform manual labor, or something similar and have joint pain that has worsened because of your job or a job related injury you could be entitled to certain benefits. Poirier Law has experience handling these types of claims and will make sure you get the benefits you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

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