Getting Social Security Disability for Dyspnea

Will I be able to get Social Security Disability for dyspnea? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you are suffering with dyspnea, and it is one of the primary symptoms of an underlying condition that is responsible for you being disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.

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One of the most uncomfortable and terrifying experiences you can have is not being able to breathe or having problems breathing. Dyspnea is the medical term that is used for difficult or labored breathing. It is also commonly referred to as shortness of breath.

Sign or symptom

It is important for you to understand that dyspnea is not a disease or a disorder. Dyspnea is a debilitating sign or symptom of something that is causing it.

Dyspnea should never be ignored. This is due to the fact that it may be a symptom of a serious cardiovascular, respiratory or airway condition.

The way that dyspnea is described and experienced depends on what is causing it. For example, if asthma is the underlying cause, it may be experienced as coughing or wheezing. If a person has cardiac problems, it may be experienced as having problems breathing.

There are four kinds of dyspnea. These are:

Orthopnea – Dyspnea when you are lying down.
Platypnea – Dyspnea when you are sitting or standing up.
Trepopnea – Dyspnea when you are lying on one side but not the other.
Nocturnal dyspnea – Dyspnea that only occurs at night.

Dyspnea also has four determining grades. They are:

Grade I – Dyspnea that occurs during unaccustomed exercise.
Grade II – Dyspnea that takes place during accustomed exercise.
Grade III – Dyspnea that happens during less than accustomed exercise.
Grade IV – Dyspnea that occurs while at rest.

Just as dyspnea is a sign or symptom of an underlying cause, there are also signs and symptoms that may be an indication of dyspnea. These include:

Difficult or labored breathing
Inability to get enough air
Tightness or pain in your chest
Feeling like you are smothering or suffocating.

Dyspnea may result from several different things. This includes:

Asthma
Emphysema
Obesity
Allergies
Cigarette smoking
Lung disease
Congestive heart failure
Pneumonia
Airway obstruction
Coronary artery disease
Heart arrhythmias
Compression of your chest wall
Heart attack (myocardial infarction).

Dyspnea can also result from emotion distress, such as anxiety or a panic attack.

Again, you may be suffering with dyspnea. It may be one of the primary symptoms of an underlying condition that is causing you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.

Have you applied for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration? Were you denied?

Important fact

If you are planning on reapplying or appealing your denial, here is an important fact that you need to keep in mind. Claimants who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at disabilitycasereview.com, are approved more often than people who do not have a disability attorney on their side.

The wise thing to do is to contact the disability attorney at disabilitycasereview.com, and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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