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Receiving Social Security Disability for Acid Maltase Deficiency

Can I get Social Security disability for acid maltase deficiency? If this is something you want to know, it is probably because this disease is the reason why you are disabled and unable to work. social-security-disability-benefits Acid maltase deficiency is the most severe kind of glycogen storage disease. It is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic condition. Acid maltase deficiency is similar to other glycogen storage diseases in that it is a genetically linked metabolic disorder. It is involved with the enzymes that regulate glycogen metabolism. These enzymes function to regulate the breakdown or processing of glycogen synthesis inside of your liver, ahaha muscles and other cell types. Process stopped A different enzyme controls each step of this process. The process is stopped if any one of these enzymes is defective and does not finish its step. The enzyme that is defective is what determines the form of glycogen storage disease that you have. There are two kinds of acid maltase deficiency, which are infantile-onset and late-onset. Infantile-onset becomes apparent soon after birth. Signs and symptoms include: Weakness Severe lack of muscle tone An enlarged heart and liver. An infant appears to develop normally during the first weeks or months of its life. However, development slowly declines with the progression of the disease. The infant’s tongue may protrude and become enlarged. In addition, swallowing may be hard. Thankfully, mental function is not affected. Late-onset acid maltase deficiency may appear during teenage years. Signs and symptoms include: Exercise intolerance Progressive weakness in the lower limbs, diaphragm and trunk. Again, intelligence is normal. Late-onset acid maltase deficiency may also start in an adult. When this is the case, possible signs and symptoms are: Respiratory distress Diminished deep tendon reflexes Generalized muscle wasting and weakness of respiratory muscles in your trunk, lower limbs and diaphragm Headaches at night Proximal muscle weakness, such as difficulty in climbing stairs. As with infantile-onset and late-onset acid maltase deficiency that begins in teenagers, late-onset that starts in an adult does not affect your intellect. In fact, there are a small number of adults with this disease who do not experience any severe limitations or signs or symptoms. Acid maltase deficiency is caused by defects (mutations) that occur in a gene referred to as GAA or alpha-glucosidase. However, what causes this gene to be defective is not known at this time. You may be suffering from acid maltase deficiency. This disease and/or complications resulting from it or other disorders that you have in conjunction with it may be what has caused you to be disabled and unable to work. Need help Because of this, you are in need of financial assistance. You may have applied for Social Security disability and been denied. If you are thinking about reapplying or appealing your denial, here is something to carefully consider. People who have a disability attorney representing them are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney. The best thing to do is to call 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+