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Synpharyngitic Glomerulonephritis and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your kidneys are located in your abdomen toward the back. Normally, one is on each side of your spine.  Your kidneys receive their blood supply by means of the renal arteries directly from your aorta. They carry blood back to your heart through the renal veins to the vena cava. (The term “renal” is taken from the Latin name for kidney.)  This post is about Synpharyngitic glomerulonephritis, a kidney ailment that hinders your kidneys’ ability to remove excess waste and fluids. Continue reading

Granulated Eyelids and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Your eyelid is a thin fold of skin that covers and protects your eye. Your eyelid is made up of the thinnest skin on your body except for the labia minora (lips of the female external genitalia) and the fold of skin that covers the head of the penis (prepuce).

It is extremely important for the front surface of your eyeball and cornea to remain moist. Your eyelids do this all-important task for you by sweeping the secretions of your lacrimal (tear gland) apparatus and other glands over the surface at regular intervals while you are awake. Your eyelids cover your eyes to help stop evaporation while you are asleep.

Your eyelids are what permit you to blink your eyes. This blinking aids in keeping dirt and dust out of your eyes. Blinking also helps guard your eyes from injuries that are the result of foreign bodies.

Your eyelashes are a fringe of short hairs that grow on the edge of your eyelids. Your eyelashes function as a screen that keeps dust particles and insects from getting in to your eyes whenever your eyelids are partially closed.

Granulated eyelids is a chronic (long-term) disease that is marked by inflammation of your eyelids. Granulated eyelids is a common inflammatory disease. It is also evidenced by your eyelids becoming scaly and flaky.

There are two kinds of granulated eyelids. They are anterior and posterior granulated eyelids. Anterior granulated eyelids involves the outside front of your eyelid. This is where your eyelashes attach to your eyelids.

Posterior granulated eyelids affects your inner eyelid. This is where your eyelid comes in contact with your eye.

Granulated eyelids is caused by tiny oil glands not working like they ought to. These tiny oil glands are located near the base of your eyelashes. There are several disorders and conditions that may bring this about. Some of these are:

Ÿ  Allergies that include reactions to eye medications, contact lens solutions or makeup

Ÿ  Some type of bacterial infection

Ÿ  A skin condition that is evidenced by redness in your face (rosacea)

Ÿ  Oil glands in your eyelid that do not work properly

Ÿ  Dandruff of your scalp and eyebrows (seborrheic dermatitis)

Ÿ  Eyelash mites (tiny parasitic mites that infest the roots of your sebaceous glands and eyelashes).

There are some risk factors that may increase your chance of developing granulated eyelids. Some of these include:

Ÿ  Anything that weakens your immune system, such as chemotherapy, diabetes, AIDS or an organ transplant

Ÿ  Yeast infections

Ÿ  Acne

Ÿ  Seborrhea, an oily, scaly skin rash.

There are several different signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of granulated eyelids. Some of these are:

Ÿ  The loss of your eyelashes

Ÿ  Frothy tears

Ÿ  Burning, itching

Ÿ  Crusting or flakes on your eyelashes

Ÿ  Redness, warmth and swelling of your eyelids

Ÿ  A sensitivity to light (photophobia)

Ÿ  Eyelashes that grow abnormally (misdirected eyelashes)

Ÿ  Dry eyes

Ÿ  Watery eyes

Ÿ  A blurring of your vision

Ÿ  A gritty (foreign body) feeling

Ÿ  Redness of your eye itself

Ÿ  Infections that keep on recurring

Ÿ  Your eyelids looking dark like raccoon eyes

Ÿ  A yellow or green colored fluid/discharge from your eyes.

Are you being kept from working because you have become disabled as a result of complications that have developed from granulated eyelids and/or other underlying conditions that you have besides this disease? Because of this, you may be seeking financial help.

Have you filed for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Did the Social Security Administration reject your application?

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Fifth Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Fifth disease is a highly contagious childhood disease. It is a common ailment that, historically, was one of the five common childhood diseases that was marked by a rash.

Even though fifth disease is a common childhood illness, adults can get it, also. For people with a weakened immune system, women who are pregnant or people with certain kinds of anemia, fifth disease can result in serious health problems.

Fifth disease is caused by one of a family of small single-stranded DNA viruses that is referred to as parvovirus B19. This virus only infects humans. It is not the same parvovirus that can infect your dog or cat. Also, this virus cannot be passed from humans to animals or from animals to humans.

Fifth disease occurs all over the world. This ailment can develop in anyone at any time of the year. However, fifth disease takes place most of the time in elementary school-age children during outbreaks in the spring and winter months.

As mentioned at the start, fifth disease is highly contagious. It is spread from person to person in the same way as a cold. This may involve respiratory secretions and hand-to-hand contact.

Many adults with fifth disease do not experience any signs or symptoms. This is borne out by the fact that studies show that anywhere from 40 to 60% of adults all over the world have laboratory evidence of a past parvovirus B19 infection, but most cannot remember having any signs or symptoms of fifth disease. When signs and symptoms do occur, they vary greatly by age.

Adults with fifth disease do not usually have the distinctive slapped-cheek rash that children have, but you may have a lacey rash on your body. Instead, one of the main signs and symptoms that you may experience as an adult is swelling, pain and soreness in your joints that may last for weeks. The joints that are affected most often are your wrist, hands, ankles and knees.

As an adult, you may also have flu-like signs and symptoms, such as chills, fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. These flu-like symptoms are usually more severe than they are in children with fifth disease.

You or a loved one may have fifth disease. Fifth disease and/or complications that have developed from it or other conditions that you have in addition to this ailment may have brought about the disability of you or your loved one and be what is keeping you from being able to work.

As a result of this, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.

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Dystrophia Myotonica and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic (hereditary) muscle diseases. Progressive muscle weakness in your muscles that enable your body to move is what characterizes these diseases.

Muscular dystrophy involves incorrect or missing information in your genes. Proteins are stopped from being produced that are needed for healthy muscles. Muscular dystrophy is a disease that is passed down to you from your parents. It is not something that you can catch from someone who has it. Muscular dystrophy is not contagious.

Muscular dystrophy weakens your muscles with the passage of time. You may gradually lose your ability to do things that most people do not even think about, like sitting up or walking. These difficulties may have originated when you were a baby, or they can start in childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

There are several different kinds of muscular dystrophy that affect different muscle groups in different ways. Dystrophia myotonica is one of the forms of this disease.

Dystrophia myotonica is the most common kind of muscular dystrophy that starts in adulthood. It usually develops between the ages of 20 and 40. However, there is an infantile form of dystrophia myotonica. In fact, this disease can begin at any age from birth to old age.

Until the 1980s, there was not much known about what causes any type of muscular dystrophy. Then, researchers discovered that muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene. Not enough dystrophin is made because of the faulty gene. Dystrophin is a protein that helps keep your muscle cells intact. In the case of dystrophia myotonica, there is a repeated section of DNA on either chromosome 3 or chromosome 19.

The progression of dystrophia myotonica is slow. The disease can span 50 to 60 years.

The first signs and symptoms of dystrophia myotonica are usually generalized weakness and loss of muscle tissue (muscle wasting) in your hands, forearms, lower legs, face and neck. This is in conjunction with difficulty relaxing muscles after contracting them. Other signs and symptoms that you may experience are:

  • Mild diabetes
  • Difficulty breathing and swallowing
  • Frontal balding in men
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Problems with your digestive tract like diarrhea and constipation
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty sleeping well at night
  • Clouding of the lenses of your eyes (cataracts).

You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has resulted from dystrophia myotonica and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other ailments that you have in conjunction with this disease. You may have already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration.

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Paraneoplastic Neurological Syndromes and Receiving Social Security Disability

One of the many difficulties that is associated with cancer is a complication that is believed to be a result of cancer but is not directly a part of the cancer. This complication is referred to as paraneoplastic syndromes.

Paraneoplastic syndromes are a group of disorders that are believed to be caused by cancer, but they are not considered to be a part of the cancer. Researchers believe that they develop as a result of your immune system’s response to a kind of cancer that is known as a neoplasm. A neoplasm is an abnormal growth of tissue that is due to the fast division of cells that have developed a mutation (defect) into sets of cells with the same genetic composition (mitosis).

Paraneoplastic syndromes are believed to develop when white blood cells (T cells) or cancer-fighting antibodies not only attack cancer cells but also mistakenly attack normal cells in your nervous system. This usually takes place during the early stages of cancer. Most of the time, this happens before you even know that you have cancer.

Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes are used in reference to these syndromes when they develop in your nervous system. Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes are degenerative disorders. What this means is that they get progressively worse as time goes by.

Thankfully, paraneoplastic neurological syndromes are extremely rare. They occur in less than 1% of all the cases of cancer.

Paraneoplastic neurological syndromes usually develop in people who have lung, breast or ovarian cancer. The vast majority of the time, they originate because of the mistaken response of your immune system that was mentioned earlier. However, no one knows for sure why this immune system response occurs in some people with cancer but not in others who have the disease.

There are several different signs and symptoms that you may have with paraneoplastic neurological syndromes. Some of these include:

  • Slurring of your speech
  • Problems with maintaining your balance
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty walking
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Vision problems
  • Disturbances in your sleep
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms and legs
  • Loss of fine motor coordination
  • Problems with swallowing
  • Memory loss
  • Dementia.
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Barlow’s Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

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The center of your cardiovascular system is your heart. Your heart uses your body’s blood vessels to pump blood to all of the cells of your body. Your blood has oxygen that your cells require. Heart disease is a medical term that is used in reference to a group of diseases that develop when your blood vessels and heart are not working like they ought to.

Your mitral valve is also known as the left atrioventricular valve or bicuspid valve. It is a dual-flap valve that separates the upper (atrium) and lower (ventricle) chambers of the left side of your heart. Your mitral valve has the task of regulating blood flow from your left atrium into your left ventricle.

Barlow’s syndrome occurs when your mitral valve fails to close the way it ought to. This can lead to blood leaking back into your left atrium. This is a condition that is known as mitral valve regurgitation.

Barlow’s syndrome is the heart valve abnormality that develops most often. As much as 10% of the general population of the United States may be affected by some type of this syndrome.

No one knows the exact cause of Barlow’s syndrome. However, it is associated with many things. Some of these are:

  • Minor chest wall deformities
  • Heredity
  • Medical conditions like Marfan syndrome, scoliosis, polycystic kidney disease, Graves disease, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and osteogenesis imperfects.

A vast majority of the time, Barlow’s syndrome does not cause any difficulties and does not need any treatment. However, when Barlow’s syndrome does cause signs and symptoms, it can have serious, life-threatening complications.

If you do experience signs and symptoms with Barlow’s syndrome they can vary greatly from person to person. Some of the possible signs and symptoms are:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Depression, anxiety and panic attacks
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or having trouble breathing that often occurs when you are lying down flat or doing physical activity
  • Migraine headaches
  • Chest pain that is not caused by a heart attack or coronary artery disease
  • An irregular or racing heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • A cough
  • Heart murmur
  • Low blood pressure when you are lying down.
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Pleural Malignant Mesothelioma and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Asbestos is a natural mineral product. Because of its resistance to heat and corrosion, asbestos has been a very valuable product in manufacturing. In the past, asbestos was widely used in products like cement, some vinyl floor tiles, fire-retardant materials and insulation.

The United States government started to regulate the use of asbestos and asbestos products in the middle of the 1970s. Presently, the handling and use of asbestos is strictly regulated.

This government regulation is due to the fact that heavy, long-term exposure to asbestos before this regulation started has resulted in serious lung and breathing problems. One of these difficulties is asbestosis.

Another problem is mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a kind of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. Malignant cells develop in your mesothelium. Your mesothelium is a protective lining that covers most of your body’s internal organs.

Fortunately, mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year in the United States.

Pleural malignant mesothelioma is a type of mesothelioma. It affects the tissue that surrounds your lungs.

Pleural malignant mesothelioma is the common form of this disease. It accounts for about 75% of all the cases of mesothelioma in the United States.

As mentioned above, pleural malignant mesothelioma is caused most of the time by exposure to asbestos. Most of the people who get pleural malignant mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they were exposed to asbestos fiber and dust in other ways. Washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos can also put you at risk for having pleural malignant mesothelioma. Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking.

There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with pleural malignant mesothelioma. Some of these are:

  • Painful breathing (pleurisy)
  • Unusual lumps of tissue that are under the skin of your chest
  • Chest pain under your rib cage
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anorexia (eating disorder that involves an intense fear of gaining weight)
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
  • Painful coughing
  • Dry cough.
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Iron Storage Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

Iron storage disease is a genetic (inherited) condition that is marked by too much iron accumulating in your body. It is one of the most common genetic diseases in the United States.

Iron is a mineral that is found in many foods. Your body normally absorbs about 10 percent of the iron in the food that you eat. With iron storage disease, you absorb more iron than you require. Your body does not have any natural way to get rid of this excess iron. It becomes stored in your body tissues. This is especially true of your liver, heart and pancreas. This excess iron can result in damage to your organs. Iron storage disease may cause your organs to fail if you do not get treatment for it.

There are different types of iron storage disease. Primary iron storage disease is an inherited disease. It is also known as hereditary iron storage disease. Secondary iron storage disease results from an underlying condition.

Juvenile iron storage disease and neonatal iron storage disease are two additional types of the disease. Juvenile iron storage disease results in severe iron overload and liver and heart disease in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 30. The neonatal form of the disease causes rapid iron buildup in a baby’s liver that can lead to death.

Some people with hereditary (primary) iron storage disease never have any signs or symptoms. Other people have a wide range of signs and symptoms. These signs and symptoms may be different for women and men and can vary greatly from person to person.

The early signs and symptoms of iron storage disease are like those of other common conditions. Some of these include:

  • Low thyroid function (hypothyroidism)
  • Lack of normal menstruation in women (amenorrhea)
  • Impotence or loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Stiffness in your joints
  • High blood sugar levels
  • Arthritis, especially in your hands
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal liver function tests, even though no signs are present.

Later stages of iron storage disease may result in serious conditions. Some of these include:

  • Liver failure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver cancer
  • Cirrhosis, which is irreversible scarring of your liver
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Discolored skin that is gray or bronze in appearance
  • Diabetes.
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Cranial Arteritis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Arteritis is a condition that involves inflammation in the walls of your arteries. Your arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. This usually results from an auto-immune system response or an infection.

Cranial arteritis is a serious disease that is evidenced by an inflammation of the lining of the arteries in your head, specifically those arteries in your temples. These are the medium-sized arteries that supply your optic nerves, eyes and head.

Cranial arteritis may also be marked by jaw pain, headaches and blurred or double vision. Blindness and stroke may also result from cranial arteritis.

Cranial arteritis develops most often in people who are over the age of 50. This disease becomes more and more common as people age. In fact, about 20 out of every 100,000 people over the age of 50 are afflicted with cranial arteritis.

Women are twice as likely to be affected by cranial arteritis as men. Caucasians, especially those who are Scandinavians, are also affected by this disease more than people in other races.

Cranial arteritis develops when your arteries become inflamed. However, no one knows what causes this to happen. It is thought that this may be due in part to an incorrect response by your immune system. Cranial arteritis has also been associated with the use of high doses of antibiotics and severe infections.

The hallmark signs and symptoms of cranial arteritis are head tenderness and pain that are usually severe. This usually occurs in both of your temples. However, you may experience the pain in the front of your head or in one of your temples.

Other signs and symptoms of cranial arteritis may vary from person to person. Some of the possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Pain in your jaw (jaw claudication) when you chew
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Pain in your tongue (tongue claudication) when chewing
  • Acute tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
  • Stiffness and pain in your arms, hips or neck that is usually more severe in the morning before you get out of bed
  • Sudden, permanent loss of vision in one eye
  • Tenderness of your scalp so that it hurts to lay your head on a pillow or comb your hair
  • Fever
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Hereditary Spinal Ataxia and Receiving Social Security Disability

Hereditary spinal ataxia is an inherited disease that results in progressive damage to your nervous system. This damage affects your spinal cord and the nerves that control muscle movement in your legs and arms.

Ataxia is usually a sign or symptom of coordination problems, such as unsteadiness or awkward or clumsy movements. Ataxia is present in many different diseases and conditions.

The ataxia in hereditary spinal ataxia results from the degeneration of nerve tissue in your spinal cord. In particular, this is your sensory neurons that are required (through connections with your cerebellum) for directing muscle movement of your legs and arms. Hereditary spinal ataxia causes your spinal cord to become thinner and nerve cells lose some of their myelin sheath (the insular covering on some nerve cells that helps conduct nerve impulses).

Hereditary spinal ataxia affects around 1 in 50,000 people in the United States. This disease affects men and women equally.

As mentioned earlier, hereditary spinal ataxia is an inherited disease. It results from an abnormality in one of your genes, called X25, located in the ninth chromosome pair. The pattern of inheritance is what is known as autosomal recessive. What this means is that hereditary spinal ataxia can only occur when you inherit the defective (faulty) gene from both of your parents. If you get a defective gene from only one of your parents, you become a carrier of the disease.

The signs and symptoms of hereditary spinal ataxia usually start between the ages of 5 and 15. However, with late onset of the disease, signs and symptoms may begin in your 20s or 30s.

There are several signs and symptoms that you may have with hereditary spinal ataxia. Some of these include:

  • Your feet becoming deformed and rigid
  • Muscle weakness in your arms and legs
  • Diabetes
  • Paralysis of a lower limb
  • Hearing loss
  • Curvature of your spine
  • Vision impairment
  • Heart disorders
  • Slurred speech
  • Problems swallowing
  • Trembling when you are standing still
  • Progressive weakness of your legs that may appear as a staggering, lurching gait when you are walking
  • Clumsiness
  • Partial loss of your sensitivity to pain and temperature or your sense of touch
  • Loss of coordination.

You or a loved one may be afflicted with hereditary spinal ataxia. Hereditary spinal ataxia and/or complications that have been caused by it or other disorders that you have besides this disease may have led to you or your loved one’s disability and inability to work.

You may need assistance if this is your situation. You may need financial help.

You or your loved one may be intending to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has been caused by hereditary spinal ataxia and/or complications that have resulted from it or other disorders that you have besides this disease. You may have already tried this option, and your claim was turned down by the Social Security Administration.

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