Can I Get Social Security Disability for a Spinal Cord Tumor
Can I get Social Security disability for a spinal cord tumor? If you are asking this question, you probably have a spinal cord tumor and need financial help.
Your spinal cord consists of a thin, long tubular bundle of nervous tissue and support cells that go all the way from the space between your first and second lumbar vertebrae to the medulla oblongata of your brain. However, your spinal cord does not extend over the complete length of your vertebral column.
The most important function of your spinal cord is to transmit neural signals between your brain and the rest of your body. Also, your spinal cord does three more important jobs, which are:
To act as a conduit for sensory information that goes up itTo act as a center for the purpose of coordinating specific reflexesTo act as a conduit for sensory information that goes down it.
A spinal cord tumor is any type of abnormal growth that develops inside of your spinal cord. A spinal cord tumor can be benign or malignant.
If a spinal cord tumor presses against your spinal cord, it can cause you serious problems, even though it is benign. This is due to the fact that the resulting pressure interferes with the neural signals that travel from your brain to the rest of your body. Two of the problems this can result in are loss of function and sensation.
If a spinal cord tumor starts in the cells of your spinal cord, it is referred to as a primary spinal cord tumor. This kind of spinal cord tumor is usually benign.
Originates somewhere else
If a spinal cord tumor originates in some other area of your body and spreads to your spinal cord, it is called a secondary spinal cord tumor. This kind of spinal cord tumor is always cancer (malignant). This is because it has metastasized (spread). Benign tumors do not spread.
No one knows what causes a primary spinal cord tumor, although certain types of primary spinal cord tumors seem to run in families. Cancer that spreads from another part of your body is what usually causes a secondary spinal cord tumor.
A spinal cord tumor can cause several signs and symptoms. These include:
Muscle spasmAreas of tingling, numbness or painAreas of altered sensation and muscle wastingErectile dysfunction in menLoss of bowel or bladder control (incontinence)Difficulty walkingBack pain that increases when you lie down and which may not be associated with activityProgressive weakness that takes place at and downward from the place where the tumor presses against your spinal cordProgressive loss of sensation that develops at and downward from the point where the tumor is pressing against your spinal cord.
A spinal cord tumor and/or complications along with it may be the reason why you are disabled and in need of Social Security disability. If this is true, have your applied for these benefits and been denied?
The best thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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