Neuromuscular disease or disorder is a broad term that comprises a list of conditions that can affect the functioning of the muscles. These diseases tend to damage or kill the neurons (nerve cells), leading to a breakdown between the brain and the muscles.
As a result, muscular strength may weaken, which can impact an individual’s quality of life. These are a group of medical conditions that can affect the muscles in the arms and legs or the heart and lungs. These conditions can even damage the nerves which control the muscles.
These conditions are difficult to cure and impact an individual’s ability to live and function appropriately in daily life or while working.
Neuromuscular disorders affect the body’s nerves and muscles which can lead to discomfort and pain. This may impact a patient’s day-to-day life and can worsen over time. These disorders begin showing symptoms in the infant stage, when it is critical to diagnose and treat as soon as possible.
In other cases, the disorder may develop in childhood or even adulthood. You should be aware of the symptoms to understand the severity of the condition. Here are a few common signs and symptoms that people diagnosed with these diseases may experience:
Causes – As mentioned above, the cause can be hereditary and genetic mutations may be present in an individual’s body since childhood. Several other causes may contribute to such disorders, such as environmental toxins or even certain bacterial infections.
These disorders can be classified into the following types:
Currently, there is no cure for most neuromuscular diseases and disorders. Healthcare providers and scientists are conducting ongoing research to find a treatment for these conditions or that can help improve the diagnosis and treatment.
At present, treatment is primarily focused on reducing the symptoms and managing the condition. An individual who is facing a disabling condition may wish to file a Disability Claim if the condition is expected to persist or has persisted for a year or more, or result in death.
Here are some of the treatment options that help in reducing the symptoms.
If your condition is serious, you may want to consider applying for Disability for Neuromuscular Diseases. You may be eligible if your health condition prevents you from working. To be approved for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will evaluate your condition and the severity of the symptoms.
Various neurological disorders are listed in the SSA’s Blue Book, including, myasthenia gravis, peripheral neuropathy, motor neuron disorders, muscular dystrophy, and more. All these conditions are covered under listing 11.00 in the Blue Book’s Listing of Impairments.
Medical evidence will be required to prove your diagnosis and establish entitlement to Disability Benefits for Neuromuscular Diseases. Your medical file should include a list of symptoms, a diagnosis, and current medications or treatments. These are some of the documents that you should have for a successful disability claim:
Your condition must be severe enough to prevent you from performing basic work-related activities regularly to be granted benefits.
Speaking with an experienced Attorney for Social Security Disability before filing a claim can be very helpful. They can help you obtain financial support for your health issues. A lawyer’s in-depth knowledge of the law, eligibility criteria and claims process can make the process smoother for you and improve your chances at a successful claim for benefits.