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Barbeau’s Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

Muscular dystrophy is a term that is used to designate a group of hereditary, genetic muscle diseases. These diseases lead to progressive muscle weakness in the muscles that enable you to move.

Muscular dystrophy means that you have missing or incorrect information in your genes. There are certain proteins that you need in order to have healthy muscles. Muscular dystrophy keeps these proteins from being produced. Muscular dystrophy is something that you inherit from your parents. It is not contagious. You cannot “catch it” from someone who has it.

Muscular dystrophy causes your muscles to get weak over time. People who are afflicted with muscular dystrophy may gradually lose the ability to do things that most of us take for granted like walking or sitting up. These problems that are caused by muscular dystrophy can begin at birth or shortly after. However, they can also take place later on in childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

There are several different forms of muscular dystrophy that affect different muscle groups in different ways. Barbeau’s disease is one of the kinds of muscular dystrophy.

Barbeau’s disease is usually an adult form of the disease. The onset of Barbeau’s disease is usually when you are in your 40s or 50s. It can even occur up to around the age of 70.

Little was known about what causes any kind of muscular dystrophy until the 1980s. Then, researchers found out that it is caused by a mutated (defective) gene. There is an insufficient amount of dystrophin because of the defective gene. Dystrophin is a protein that aids in keeping your muscle cells intact. In the case of Barbeau’s disease, there is a faulty gene that is believed to make extra chemical material that causes the development of clumps in your muscle cells.

Barbeau’s disease progresses slowly. The first sign or symptom of Barbeau’s disease is usually muscle weakness of your throat and eyelids. You may have difficulty swallowing. Your may have trouble keeping your eyes open or with drooping eyelids.

As Barbeau’s disease advances, you may have other signs and symptoms. Some of these include:

  • Characteristic face
  • Progressive muscle weakness in your limbs
  • Progressive weakness in your facial muscles
  • Progressive ptosis (drooping of your eyelids)
  • Weakness and wasting (loss of muscle tissue) of your tongue.

 

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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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MD and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Most people have heard of MD (muscular dystrophy) because of the Labor Day telethon that is held each year. However, other than this, most people do not know much about MD.

 

MD refers to more than one single disease. MD is used for a group of hereditary (genetic) muscle diseases that result in progressive muscle weakness in the muscles that enable your body to move.

People with MD have incorrect or missing information in their genes that keep them from producing the proteins that are required for healthy muscles. Because MD is congenital (something you are born with), it is not something that is contagious, that you can get from someone who has it.

MD weakens your muscles over time. Children, teens and adults with this disease may gradually lose their ability to do the things that most people take for granted, like walking or sitting up. The muscle problems resulting from MD can begin when you were a baby, or they may start later on. Some adults acquire MD.

There are several different kinds of MD that can affect different muscle groups in different ways. Some of these include Duchenne MD, distal MD, Becker’s MD, myotonic MD, congenital MD, limb-girdle MD, facioscapulohumeral MD, oculopharyngeal MD and Emery-Dreifuss MD.

Somewhere around 250,000 children and adults have MD in the United States. Some forms of MD like Becker’s and Duchenne affect primarily boys.

As mentioned earlier, MD is a genetic (inherited) disease. This means that it is passed down through families. It is caused by defects (mutations) that occur in the genes that are passed down to you from your parents. Each one of the various kinds of MD is caused by a genetic mutation that is particular to that form of the disease.

There are many signs and symptoms that you may experience with MD. They will depend on the type of MD that you have. Some possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Frequent falls
  • Progressive muscular weakness or wasting
  • Poor balance
  • Pain in your calf
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Walking difficulty or waddling gait
  • The inability to walk
  • Gonadal atrophy
  • Muscle contractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Respiratory problems
  • Limited range of movement.

Some types of MD can also affect your heart. These kinds of MD can cause arrhythmias or cardiomyopathy.

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Receiving Social Security Disability

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is a disorder that is characterized by episodes of extreme muscle weakness. These episodes usually involve a temporary inability to move muscles (paralysis) in your arms and legs. It is also evidenced, sometimes, by higher than normal levels of potassium in your blood.

Most of the time, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis usually starts during infancy or early childhood. These episodes have a tendency to increase in frequency until around the age of 25. Then, they may decrease in frequency.

Muscle strength does improve between episodes of hyperkalemic periodic paralysis. However, many people continue to have myotonia (mild stiffness). This is especially true in regard to the muscles of the hands and face.

Fortunately, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is rare. It is estimated to occur in 1 in 200,000 people in the United States. This disorder affects men more often than it does women.

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder. It is caused by defects (mutations) that occur in the SCN4A gene. The pattern of inheritance is what is referred to as an autosomal dominant pattern. What this means is that you only have to inherit the defective gene from one of your parents in order to have the possibility of getting hyperkalemic periodic paralysis.

The hallmark sign or symptom of hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is paralysis (loss of muscle movement) or muscle weakness that comes and goes. These attacks (episodes) usually last for one to two hours, but they can last for an entire day.

There are some characteristics of the paralysis or weakness. Some of these are:

  • Most often takes place while resting after activity
  • Comes and goes
  • May happen on awakening
  • Usually lasts for 1 to 2 hours
  • Most often takes place in your hips and shoulders
  • May also involve your legs and arms but does not affect the muscles of your eyes and those that help you to swallow and breathe.

There are triggers that may lead to an episode of hyperkalemic periodic paralysis. These include:

  • Exposure to cold
  • Fasting (not eating)
  • Taking medications that contain potassium or eating small amounts of potassium-rich foods
  • Resting after exercise or other activity.
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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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Landouzy-Dejerine Dystrophy and Receiving Social Security Disability

Muscular dystrophy is also referred to as (MD). The term muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases. These diseases cause progressive muscle weakness in the muscles that enable your body to move.

If you have muscular dystrophy, you have incorrect or missing information in your genes. Because of this, the proteins that are needed for healthy muscles are not made. Muscular dystrophy is a disease that you are born with (congenital). You cannot catch it from someone else.

Muscular dystrophy causes your muscles to weaken over time. You may gradually lose your ability to do things that are taken for granted by most people. These are things like sitting up or walking. The problems caused by muscular dystrophy can start anywhere from infancy to adulthood.

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

Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy is evidenced by progressive muscle weakness and wasting (loss of muscle tissue). This usually originates in childhood or by the age of 20. However, these signs and symptoms may not be revealed until later in life or not at all. The signs and symptoms of Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy usually progress very slowly.

Not much was known about what causes any form of muscular dystrophy until the 1980s. Then, researchers discovered that it is caused by a defective (faulty) gene. There is an insufficient amount of dystrophin that is produced because of this faulty gene. Dystrophin is a protein that helps keep your muscle cells intact.

When it starts, Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy affects the muscles around your lower legs, upper arms, shoulders, mouth and eyes. Later, you may experience weakness in your abdominal muscles and sometimes your hip muscles.

There are other signs and symptoms that you may have with Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy. Some of these are:

  • Shoulder deformities
  • Problems with pronouncing words
  • Angry or depressed facial expression
  • An inability to whistle
  • Decreased facial expression
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Difficulty walking
  • Drooping of your eyelids
  • Hearing loss
  • Difficulty raising your arms.

You or a loved one may be afflicted with Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy. Landouzy-Dejerine dystrophy and/or complications that have been caused by it or other disorders that you have besides this disease may have led to the disability of you or your loved one and be what is keeping you from being able to work.

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Benign Pseudohypertrophic Muscular Dystrophy and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases. These diseases result in progressive muscle weakness in the muscles that enable your body to move.

If you have muscular dystrophy, you have missing or incorrect information in your genes. This stops you from producing the proteins that you need for healthy muscles. Muscular dystrophy is a congenital disease. This means that it is something you are born with. It is not something that is contagious.

Muscular dystrophy weakens your muscles as time goes by. This disease causes you to gradually lose your ability to do the things that most people take for granted like walking or sitting up.

The difficulties resulting from muscular dystrophy may have begun when you were a baby, or they may have started in childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

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

Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy is characterized by slowly progressive muscle weakness of your legs and pelvis. It is a form of dystrophinopathy where there is not enough dystrophin made in your muscle cells. This leads to instability in the structure of your muscle cell membrane.

Benign pseudohypertrophic dystrophy is like Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The main difference is that its progression of muscle weakness occurs at a much slower rate. It is also far less predictable than Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy is a disease that nearly always affects boys. It is rare when a girl is affected by this disease.

The signs and symptoms of benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy usually start in adolescence or adulthood. Possible signs and symptoms are:

  • Frequent falls
  • Muscle deformities like the enlargement of your calf muscles
  • Skeletal deformities in your back and chest
  • Slowly progressive muscle weakness as in difficulty walking, running, jumping or hopping
  • Wasting (loss of muscle mass)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of coordination and balance
  • Heart disease
  • Walking on toes
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive problems that do not get worse with time
  • Walking on toes.

You or a loved one may have benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy. Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy and/or complications that have been caused by it or other conditions that you have in addition to this disease may have brought about the disability of you or your loved one and be what is preventing you from working.

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