Your esophagus is made up of three functional parts. The top part is the upper esophageal sphincter. This is a specialized ring of muscle that separates your esophagus from your throat. It stays closed most of the time to keep food from backing up from the main part of your esophagus into your throat. This main part is called the body of your esophagus. The last part of your esophagus is the lower esophageal sphincter. This is a specialized ring of muscle at the junction of the esophagus with your stomach. Like the upper esophageal sphincter, the lower esophageal sphincter stays closed most of the time to keep food in your stomach from backing up into the body of your esophagus.
When your esophagus is working properly it allows food to pass from one section to the next by what is called a peristaltic wave. When food reaches the lower esophageal sphincter, it is open and allows food to pass into your stomach.
Achalasia is a rare disease of the muscle of your esophagus (swallowing tube). The word, achalasia means "failure to relax". It involves the inability of your lower esophageal sphincter to open and let food pass into your stomach.
The most common effect that achalasia will have on you is to cause you to have a hard time swallowing (dysphagia). You may feel like food is sticking in your chest after you swallow it. This problem happens with both solid and liquid food. This is a consistent ongoing problem that happens with virtually every meal that you eat.
Other effects caused by achalasia are:
Regurgitation of food trapped in your esophagus
Coughing and choking if food enters your throat
Aspiration pneumonia can occur if food enters your windpipe (trachea) and lung
Loss of weight because of the problem with swallowing
Chest pains that are like heartburn or pressure on your sternum.
As you can see, if these effects continue, or you experience them in conjunction with other conditions are complications; you may be unable to work or hold a job. Achalasia and/or other conditions and complications along with it may be the cause of your disability.
You may be looking for help if this is the case. You may be searching for financial help.
Have you applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by achalasia and/or complications along with it? Were you denied?
You may plan on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do, think about this. You may need a disability attorney like the one at disabilitycasereview.com to help you in this process. The reason this is true is because people who are represented by a disability lawyer are approved more often than those people without an attorney.