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Can you get disability benefits for Myasthenia Gravis?

Yes, it is possible to receive disability benefits for Myasthenia Gravis (MG). Individuals with MG may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) if their condition meets the criteria outlined in the SSA’s “Blue Book” listing for neurological disorders section 11.12.

To qualify for disability benefits, individuals with this disability must provide medical evidence that demonstrates the severity and functional limitations caused by their condition have lasted for at least 12 months or more. This may include documentation of muscle weakness, fatigue, difficulty with mobility, impaired speech or swallowing, and the impact on activities of daily living and work capacity.

The application process for SSDI or SSI disability benefits typically involves submitting detailed medical records, diagnostic test results, treatment history, and functional assessments. It is important to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information to support the Myasthenia Gravis disability claim.

What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia Gravis Disability Benefits

Myasthenia gravis is a condition that causes severe muscle weakness. This condition is classified as an autoimmune disease. MG occurs when the muscles and nerves are not able to communicate. 

People who suffer from this condition are unable to be physically active for a prolonged period of time. The muscles quickly become very weak during any type of physical activity. Rest allows the muscles to regain strength.

People who suffer from MG can experience a severe complication known as myasthenic crisis. This complication results in the paralysis of the muscles controlling respiration. People who experience this complication must be put on respirators to regulate their breathing.

Is Myasthenia Gravis a disability?

Yes, Myasthenia Gravis can be considered a disability if it significantly impairs an individual’s ability to perform essential tasks required for work or other daily activities. 

The impact of the disability can vary widely among individuals, ranging from mild symptoms affecting specific muscle groups to more severe generalized weakness that can interfere with mobility, breathing, swallowing, and other vital functions. These limitations can significantly affect a person’s ability to work and engage in regular activities. 

They also need to prove that their severe medical condition is preventing them from earning substantial gainful activity. MG can also lead to lung cancer, anxiety, and depression

What are the symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis?

The hallmark symptom is muscle weakness that worsens with activity and improves with rest. Some common symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis disability are:

  • Ocular symptoms: Many individuals initially experience weakness and fatigue in the muscles that control eye movements
  • Fatigue with exertion: Muscle weakness tends to worsen with repetitive use and activity. 
  • Difficulty with speech and swallowing: Weakness in the muscles involved in speech and swallowing can cause difficulties in speaking clearly (dysarthria) and swallowing (dysphagia). 
  • Respiratory difficulties: In some cases, the disability can affect the muscles involved in breathing, leading to respiratory weakness or shortness of breath.
  • Facial muscle weakness: Weakness in the facial muscles can cause a change in facial expression, such as difficulty smiling or frowning.

Types of Myasthenia Gravis

There are two main types of Myasthenia Gravis:

  • Generalized Myasthenia Gravis: This is the most common type of the disability, accounting for about 85-90% of cases. Generalized type typically involves weakness and fatigue in various muscle groups throughout the body. It can affect both the voluntary muscles (those we can consciously control) and the involuntary muscles (such as those involved in breathing and digestion).
  • Ocular Myasthenia Gravis: Ocular is a subtype of this disability that primarily affects the muscles controlling eye movement and eyelid function. Individuals with ocular may experience symptoms such as drooping of the eyelids (ptosis), double vision (diplopia), and difficulty in controlling eye movements. 

Myasthenia gravis disability criteria

To meet the disability criteria for the disability, the SSA requires medical evidence that demonstrates the following:

  • Documentation of fatigability: The medical evidence should show that the muscle weakness and impairment worsen with activity or use, leading to increased fatigue and limitations in functioning.
  • Objective testing: The SSA may require objective medical testing, such as electromyography, nerve conduction studies, or other diagnostic tests, to confirm the diagnosis of MG and assess the severity of the condition.

I am eligible for the disability benefits. Now what?

The application process for Myasthenia Gravis disability benefits is as follows:

  • Gather comprehensive medical documentation: To support your disability claim, it is crucial to gather all relevant medical documentation related to your MG. 
  • Mention accurate and detailed information: Ensure that you have a clear and detailed record of your MG symptoms, their impact on your daily activities and work capacity, and the treatments you have received.
  • Complete the disability application: Fill out the disability application form accurately and provide all requested information. 
  • Consider seeking assistance: Navigating the disability application process can be complex and overwhelming. Consider seeking assistance from a disability attorney. They can provide guidance, help gather necessary documentation, and ensure that your application is properly prepared. 

What should you do if you do not meet the criteria of SSA?

If you do not meet the criteria of the Social Security Administration for disability benefits, there are a few steps you can consider:

  • Review your case: Carefully go through the SSA’s decision and assess if there are any errors or missing information. Understand the reasons for the denial and gather any additional evidence or documentation that could support your claim.
  • File an appeal: If you believe the denial was unjustified, you have the right to appeal the decision.
  • Obtain additional medical evidence: If your case lacks sufficient medical evidence, consider seeking further evaluation and documentation.
  • Prepare for the appeals hearing: If your appeal reaches the hearing stage, ensure that you are well-prepared. 

How much is the disability check for Myasthenia Gravis?

If you meet the eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income disability program, $914 will be the maximum monthly benefits. If you meet the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance disability program, $3,627 will be the maximum monthly benefits. However, the actual benefit amount may be different based on your income, work history and severity of your Myasthenia Gravis disability spectrum. 

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