Benign Pseudohypertrophic Muscular Dystrophy and Receiving Social Security Disability
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:
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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.
- 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
- Cognitive problems that do not get worse with time
- Walking on toes.