Lupus is an autoimmune disease with an unknown cause and a wide range of symptoms. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, at least 1.5 million people have the disease and around 16,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. However, many cases of Lupus may go undiagnosed and untreated for some time because many of the symptoms mimic those of other illnesses.
12 million Americans suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
September is Pain Awareness Month. During this time, several organizations work together to raise awareness of pain and pain management issues. This seems like a good time to discuss another aspect of living with pain - qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.