Ataxia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
The word ataxia, comes from a Greek word, a taxis that means incoordination or without order. Ataxia means a lack of coordination or without coordination.
Ataxia can refer to a sign or symptom of incoordination that is associated with injuries, infections, other diseases or degenerative changes in your central nervous system. Ataxia also refers to a group of specific degenerative diseases of your nervous system. These are called sporadic and hereditary ataxias.
The reason ataxia causes problems with your coordination is because if affects the parts of your nervous system that controls balance and movement. Ataxia can affect your hands, fingers, arms, body, legs, eye and speech movements.
When nerve cells in your cerebellum degenerate, are damaged or lost, you lose coordination or have less muscle control. Infection, injuries, diseases and degenerative changes in your central nervous system can cause this to happen, which results in some type of ataxia. Some of the things that can result in ataxia are:
Trauma to your head
Cerebral palsy (link to page, Cerebral Palsy and Disability)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) (link to page, Multiple Sclerosis and Disability)
Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
Heredity or genetics.
The signs and symptoms that you experience will depend on the type of ataxia that you have and whether it is a form of the disease or a sign or symptom of an underlying condition. Poor coordination and balance are usually the first indications of ataxia. Other signs and symptoms that you may experience, depending on the type and reason for your ataxia are:
A tendency to stumble and an unsteady walk
Change or slurring of your speech
Problems with fine-motor skills like writing, buttoning a shirt or eating
Slow eye movements
Loss of balance
Loss of muscle coordination in your leg, arm or hand
Walking with your feet further apart to compensate for problems with balance.
Onset of these signs and symptoms will vary due to the type of ataxia that you have. Often, they begin in childhood, but indications can begin in adulthood in your 20s or 30s. They can even begin in your 60s.
You or a loved one may some form of ataxia. This may be why you are disabled and unable to work.
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by ataxia and/or complications resulting from or other conditions causing ataxia? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one appeals the denial by the Social Security Administration, consider this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find here are approved more often than people who do not have a lawyer.