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Esophageal Achalasia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Your esophagus is composed of three working parts. The top part of your esophagus is the upper esophageal sphincter. It is a specialized ring of muscle that divides your esophagus from your throat. In order to keep food from backing up from the main part of your esophagus into your throat, your esophageal sphincter stays closed most of the time. This main part is called the body of your esophagus. It is a muscular tube about 8 inches long. The lower esophageal sphincter is the last part of your esophagus. It is a specialized ring of muscle located where your esophagus and stomach come together. The lower esophageal sphincter also 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 like it should it allows food to go from one section to the next by what is known as a peristaltic wave. When food reaches the lower esophageal sphincter, it is open and allows food to pass into your stomach. Esophageal achalasia is a rare disease of the muscle of your esophagus. The word, “achalasia” means "failure to relax". Esophageal achalasia is marked by your lower esophageal sphincter failing to open and not allowing food to pass into your stomach. The cause of achalasia is unknown. Some think it may be related to an infection or heredity (genetics). Others believe that it is an autoimmune disease. This is a disease where your immune system attacks your own body tissues. The most common sign or symptom of esophageal achalasia is causing you to have a difficult time swallowing (dysphagia). You may have the feeling that food is sticking in your chest after you swallow it. This is something that takes place with both liquid and solid and food. This becomes a chronic (ongoing) problem that occurs with virtually every meal that you eat. Other signs and symptoms that you may experience with esophageal achalasia include: §  Aspiration pneumonia if food goes into your trachea (windpipe) and lung §  Chest pains that are like pressure on your sternum or heartburn §  Regurgitation of food trapped in your esophagus §  Unintentional loss of weight due to difficulty swallowing §  Coughing and choking if food enters your throat. You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with esophageal achalasia. Esophageal achalasia and/or complications that have been caused by it or other disorders that your have besides this disease may have brought about you or your loved one’s disability and inability to work. You may need assistance because of this. You may need financial help. You or your loved one may be considering applying 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 that has developed from esophageal achalasia and/or complications that have resulted from it or other disorders that you have besides this disease. You may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one has decided to reapply or appeal the denial, here is an important fact that you really should consider that you may not know about. The simple truth is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer in their corner. Please do not hesitate. Contact the disability attorney at, today.
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