Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that causes chronic pain in the joints and vertebrae in the back, according to the Mayo Clinic. Treatment for this condition, such as anti-inflammatory medications, can reduce pain and minimise the chance of complications. However, complications of the disease, such as decreased mobility, breathing difficulty and heart problems, can make holding a job very difficult. Fortunately, there are financial resources for people with spondylitis.
Social Security Disability Benefits
Spondylitis patients who haven't been able to work in a year may qualify for social security disability benefits, according to the United States Social Security Office. To qualify, you must prove that you can't work in your current job any longer because of the medical issue. It must also be documented that your position couldn't be modified to meet your medical needs. Once your claim is approved, you'll start receiving disability payments every month. The amount will depend on your circumstances.
Energy Assistance Programs
If you're having trouble financially, contact your local energy company. Most energy companies have grant programs for people with special needs or disabilities. These programs provide grants to pay a portion of (or the entire) energy bill while struggling with a medical issue.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
If spondylitis is preventing you from working, consider applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) through your state's health and human services department. This program provides federal grants to families that are struggling to pay for basic needs because of income issues or health circumstances.
Health Insurance Risk Pools
Without employer-sponsored health insurance (if you can't work), many people with this condition struggle with paying expensive health insurance premiums. Most states have "health insurance risk pools." These pools are created by the state legislature to give people with serious health issues an opportunity to get health insurance based on their income. To qualify, you must prove that insurance policies are too expensive based on your income or that you've been rejected by at least one insurance company because of your health condition.