Limited scleroderma, commonly known as CREST syndrome, is a type of autoimmune rheumatic disease that most often impacts the skin. In more serious cases, it may also affect the heart, lungs, and kidneys. Symptoms of CREST include tight, hardened skin which can make it difficult to bend fingers which can greatly impact a person’s ability to grip or use the hands. Likewise, impacts on the mouth can impede speaking. CREST syndrome is found disproportionately among women and those between the ages of 30 and 50. While there is no known cure for CREST and the cause is unknown, there are treatments that can often help one manage the symptoms.
The SSA requires detailed medical evidence of the impact of CREST syndrome, such as difficulty writing or using a zipper. A diagnosis alone is not sufficient evidence of disability. CREST syndrome can present serious challenges to mobility and functionality and if your CREST syndrome symptoms are preventing you from engaging in work, then you may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits. Please contact Viner Disability Law at 720-515-9012 for more information about your eligibility.