A Spinal Tumor and Receiving Social Security Disability
Your spine is a complex and unique part of your body. It is made up of muscles, ligaments, tendons, living bone, joints, cartilaginous elements, nerve roots, a spinal cord and your vascular system.
Your spine has many important functions. It provides support and strength for the rest of your body. Your spine provides a method for distributing your weight. It allows your body to move in ways like rotating, leaning, stretching and bending. It also protects your spinal cord, delicate nerves and major organs. These are only some of the important functions of your spine.
A spinal tumor is a growth (mass of cells) that occurs within the bones of your spine or near your spinal cord. These tumors may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Usually, benign tumors are not a cause of major concern. However, this is not true in regard to your spine. A benign tumor of any type in your spine can press on your nerves, which may lead to neurological problems, pain and possibly paralysis.
About 55 to 65% of all spinal tumors are benign. This means that 35 to 45% are malignant (cancer). Each year, somewhere around 10,000 people in the United States develop either a primary (beginning in your spine) or metastatic (spreading from some other area of your body) spinal tumor.
There are various signs and symptoms that you may have with a spinal tumor. These depend on the kind and location of the tumor. The main sign or symptom of a spinal tumor is back pain that may radiate to your arms, legs, feet or hips. This pain may become worse at night and may become more severe as time passes even though you have treatment. Other signs and symptoms that you may experience include:
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You or your loved one may have a spinal tumor. This disorder and/or complications resulting from it may be causing your disability and need for financial assistance.
You or your loved one may have applied for financial help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by a spinal tumor and/or complications resulting from this disorder. Were you denied?
If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this. People who have a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.
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- Loss of bladder or bowel function
- Scoliosis or other spinal deformity that results from a large noncancerous tumor
- Muscle weakness or loss of sensation that happens especially in your legs
- A decreased sensitivity to heat, cold and pain
- Paralysis in different degrees that may develop in different areas of your body, depending on which nerves are being compressed
- Problems with walking that can lead to falls.