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Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy and Getting Social Security Disability

Will I be able to get Social Security Disability with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy? If this is something you want to know, it is probably because you have this disease, and it and/or complications resulting from the disease have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. disabled-cant-work Muscular dystrophy is not one single disease. It is a group of hereditary (genetic) muscle diseases, which bring about progressive muscle weakness in the muscles that allow your body to move. The muscle weakness caused by muscular dystrophy takes place over a period of time. People who have this disease gradually become unable to do simple things like walking or sitting up. Different ways Different muscle groups are affected in different ways by the different types of muscular dystrophy. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is one of these forms. Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is marked by wasting (decline of muscle tissue) and progressive muscle weakness. The disease usually starts in childhood or before age 20. However, signs and symptoms of the disease may begin later on or not at all. Until the 1980s, very little was known about what caused any type of muscular dystrophy. Then, researchers found out that the disease occurs because of a faulty (defective) gene. Protein The defective gene does not allow enough dystrophin to be produced. Dystrophin is a protein that helps keep your muscle cells undamaged. As mentioned earlier, all forms of muscular dystrophy are hereditary (genetic). The inheritance pattern of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is referred to as autosomal dominant. What this means is that you may inherit this disease if either your mother or your father gives you the faulty gene. However, this form of the disease can occur even without a family history. The signs and symptoms caused by facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy usually progress extremely slowly. They usually start by affecting the muscles around your mouth, eyes, shoulders, upper arms and lower legs. As the disease progresses, you may experience weakness in your hip muscles and abdominal muscles. There are other signs and symptoms that may occur with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Some of these include: Hearing loss Pain and inflammation Having a hard time raising your arms Spinal and joint abnormalities Your eyelids drooping Difficulty walking Weakness in your lower legs Shoulder deformities, such as sloping shoulder Shoulder weakness Having a hard time pronouncing words An inability to whistle Abnormal heart rhythms Decreased facial expression Depressed or angry facial expression. Again, you may have facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. This disease and/or complications resulting from it are why you are disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance. Have you applied for the financial assistance you need by applying for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you turned down? Important fact If you are planning on reapplying or appealing your denial, there is an important fact that you need to consider. People who have a disability attorney standing with them like the one at, are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney. The wise thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. Article written by James Shugart Connect with James on Google+