Do You Need Help With Your Disability Claim?

Disability Attorneys and Advocates can help you in all phases of the disability claim process.

Contact an advocate today for your FREE case evaluation!

Free Online Evaluation!

MD and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Most people have heard of MD (muscular dystrophy) because of the Labor Day telethon that is held each year. However, other than this, most people do not know much about MD. MD refers to more than one single disease. MD is used for a group of hereditary (genetic) muscle diseases that result in progressive muscle weakness in the muscles that enable your body to move. People with MD have incorrect or missing information in their genes that keep them from producing the proteins that are required for healthy muscles. Because MD is congenital (something you are born with), it is not something that is contagious, that you can get from someone who has it. MD weakens your muscles over time. Children, teens and adults with this disease may gradually lose their ability to do the things that most people take for granted, like walking or sitting up. The muscle problems resulting from MD can begin when you were a baby, or they may start later on. Some adults acquire MD. There are several different kinds of MD that can affect different muscle groups in different ways. Some of these include Duchenne MD, distal MD, Becker’s MD, myotonic MD, congenital MD, limb-girdle MD, facioscapulohumeral MD, oculopharyngeal MD and Emery-Dreifuss MD. Somewhere around 250,000 children and adults have MD in the United States. Some forms of MD like Becker’s and Duchenne affect primarily boys. As mentioned earlier, MD is a genetic (inherited) disease. This means that it is passed down through families. It is caused by defects (mutations) that occur in the genes that are passed down to you from your parents. Each one of the various kinds of MD is caused by a genetic mutation that is particular to that form of the disease. There are many signs and symptoms that you may experience with MD. They will depend on the type of MD that you have. Some possible signs and symptoms include: Some types of MD can also affect your heart. These kinds of MD can cause arrhythmias or cardiomyopathy.