Dysphagia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Swallowing is an involved process. There are 50 pairs of muscles and several nerves involved in moving food from your mouth to your stomach. Swallowing takes place in three stages. First, your tongue moves the food around in your mouth so that you can chew it. Chewing is what gets food ready to swallow. Chewing also helps mix the food with saliva. Saliva is what moistens and softens your food so that swallowing is easier to do. It is during this first stage of swallowing that your tongue gathers the prepared food. This makes the food ready for swallowing.
The second stage of swallowing starts when your tongue pushes your food to the back of the mouth. This triggers a swallowing reflex that passes your food through the pharynx (the canal that connects your mouth with your esophagus). During this second stage of swallowing, your larynx (voice box) closes tightly and breathing stops to prevent food and liquid from entering your lungs.
The third stage of swallowing starts when food enters your esophagus. Your esophagus is the canal that carries food and liquid to your stomach.
Dysphagia is the medical term that is used for when you have difficulty swallowing. It can be a sign or symptom of different medical conditions, or dysphagia can refer to a condition in its own right.
The term is derived from the Greek dys, which means disordered or bad and phago, which means eat. Dysphagia is a sensation that suggests that there is difficulty in the passage of solids or liquids from your mouth to your stomach.
The signs and symptoms of dysphagia may come and go. They can be severe or mild, or they can get worse with the passage of time. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Choking, coughing or gagging when you swallow
- Having pain when you swallow
- Losing weight because you do not get enough liquid or food
- Having difficulty getting liquids or food to go down on the first try
- Having liquids or food come back up through your mouth, nose or throat after you swallow
- Having pressure or pain in your chest
- Having heartburn
- Feeling like liquids or food is stuck somewhere in your chest or throat.
You or a loved one may have dysphagia. This disorder and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be the reason why you are disabled and in need of financial help.
You or your loved one may have applied for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by dysphagia and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it. Were you or your loved one denied by the Social Security Administration?
If you or your loved one reapplies or appeals the denial, think carefully about this important fact. 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 disability lawyer standing with them.
Please do not delay. Contact us today and we will put you in touch with a tough advocate who can help you get the benefits you deserve.