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Syringomyelia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Syringomyelia (SM) is a chronic disorder that involves your spinal cord. For reasons that are only now being understood, cerebrospinal fluid enters your spinal cord and forms a cyst or tubular cavity within your spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, elongates and expands over time, destroying the center of your spinal cord. Syringomyelia is a rare disorder. Estimates on the number of people in the United States who are affected with this condition vary widely because it can occur in conjunction with other disorders. A conservative estimate is that around 40,000 Americans have syringomyelia. Generally, there are two types of syringomyelia. The condition can be related to a congenital abnormality of your brain called Arnold Chiari malformation. This is named after the physician who first described it. A syrinx may then develop in the cervical region of your spinal cord; this is referred to as communicating syringomyelia. Some people with this form of the disorder also have hydrocephalus (water on the brain), a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) accumulates in your skull or arachnoiditis, in which a covering of your spinal cord is inflamed. The second major form of syringomyelia occurs as a complication of hemorrhage, trauma, tumor or meningitis. In this case, the cyst or syrinx develops in a segment of your spinal cord damaged by one or more of these conditions. The syrinx may start to expand. If it does, it is sometimes referred to as noncommunicating syringomyelia. A wide variety of signs and symptoms can be experienced with syringomyelia as the nerve fibers inside your spinal cord are damaged depending on the location and size of the syrinx. You may also have various combinations of different signs and symptoms. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may have are: Syringomyelia may have reached a point where you or a loved one is unable to work. This disorder may be the cause of your disability. If this is true, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial assistance. Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by syringomyelia? Were you or your loved one denied? If you or your loved one is planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, keep this in mind. People who are represented by a skilled disability attorney like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than those people who are without a lawyer.
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