Ludwig's Angina and Receiving Social Security Disability
Ludwigs angina is a serious, potentially life-threatening infection of the tissues of the floor of your mouth. It usually occurs in adults with adjacent dental infections.
Ludwig's angina is also known as angina ludovici. This infection is named after the German physician, Wilhelm Frederick von Ludwig who first described this condition in 1836.
Ludwigs angina should not be confused with angina pectoris that is commonly referred to as angina. "Angina" is a word that comes from the Greek word ankhon, meaning, "strangling".
Ludwig's angina refers to the feeling of strangling, not the feeling of chest pain. However, it is possible for chest pain to occur in Ludwig's angina if the infection spreads into your retrosternal space.
Ludwigs angina is usually caused by a bacterial infection, like streptococci or staphylococci. There are also other bacteria that can cause this infection.
Ludwigs angina seems to occur more frequently in people with a condition of lowered immunity, but it can take place in healthy individuals also. With the coming of antibiotics, Ludwig's angina has become a rare disease.
There are several ways that you may be affected by Ludwigs angina. Some of these are:
Pain, swelling and raising of your tongue
Swelling of the tissues of your submandibular and sublingual spaces
Swelling of your neck
Malaise (general feeling of sickness or weakness)
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
In severe cases, difficulty in breathing.
Important effects to look for with Ludwigs angina include when you are not being able to swallow your own saliva and the presence of audible difficulty in breathing.
Ludwigs angina is not normally a condition that will disable you and cause you to be unable to work. However, if you have other conditions along with Ludwigs angina or you have complications that have resulted from it; you may be disabled.
If this is the case for you or a loved one, you may need help. You may need financial help.
Who will be able to give you the financial assistance that you or your loved one needs? Where will that help come from?
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by complications along with or resulting from Ludwigs angina? Were you or your loved one denied?
You or your loved one may be thinking about appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, here is something to remember. People who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people without a lawyer.
This is something that could affect you or your loved one for the rest of your life. Do not delay. Contact us today so we can help you find a disability lawyer near you.