Mast cell activation syndrome (commonly known as “MCAS”) is a chronic medical condition that can lead to long term disability. MCAS is caused by your body’s mast cells overproducing chemicals called “mediators.” The mast cell mediators induce symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as skin hives, low/high blood pressure, wheezing, and in severe cases, anaphylactic shock. These MCAS reactions are often triggered by exposure to environmental factors.
MCAS is not a well understood condition in the medical community, and while there are various treatment options, there is currently no cure. If you have MCAS, you may experience symptoms with enough severity and frequency to interfere with your ability to work.
You may be wondering: Can you file for long term disability due to your MCAS? What will you need to have a successful MCAS long term disability claim?
Below we’ll answer those questions and more.