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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