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Living with Parkinson’s disease can make each day a struggle. Severe complications of the disease may make it impossible for a person to work. Anyone who feels that they are unable to work due to disability should consider applying for social security disability (SSD) benefits.
What Is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects the nervous system of a sufferer. People who suffer from the disease do not immediately display symptoms, and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are mild in the beginning. However, the progression of the disease causes sufferers to develop a tremor, stiffness in the joints and slurred speech.
The early stages of Parkinson’s disease may manifest as a slowing of the movements of the body. It may be difficult for sufferers to use facial expressions as their nervous system becomes more affected by the condition. Writing may become difficult or impossible due to the tremor that most sufferers develop as the disease progresses.
Cognitive complications are possible for people who suffer from the condition. Difficulty concentrating and emotional changes may be observed. Many sufferers find that they develop depression after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Other complications include sleep problems, constipation, sexual dysfunction and bladder problems.
While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, sufferers may be able to keep their symptoms under control through the use of medication. There are several different medications for the disease that are intended to affect levels of dopamine in the brain. People who suffer from an advanced form of Parkinson’s disease may be treated with surgical intervention. Surgery for the disease is used to implant electrodes in the brain to help alleviate severe symptoms of the condition.
Most cases of Parkinson’s disease are caused by genetic factors. While exposure to toxic substances could make a person more likely to develop the disease, this reason for developing Parkinson’s disease tends to be very rare. Researchers believe that there are also unknown causes for the disease.
Qualifying For Social Security Due To Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is one of the conditions that is listed as a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This does not mean that an applicant will be automatically granted benefits if they suffer from the condition, but it is easier to qualify for benefits when a condition has already been listed.
The applicant is required to prove to the SSA that they suffer from severe complications of Parkinson’s disease. Stiffness and tremors in at least two extremities must be experienced in order for a person to qualify for benefits. These complications must limit the movement of the sufferer, and the SSA may favor people who are unable to walk normally due to complications of the condition.
The SSA uses a residual function capacity (RFC) test to determine whether a person is able to work. This test asks questions related to the ability of an applicant to perform certain tasks at home and in a professional setting. People who are unable to complete work tasks that must be done in any job for which they are qualified are likely to be approved for benefits, but it is important for all applicants to submit a detailed medical history in order to provide the SSA with solid proof of disability. This medical history must be sourced from a licensed medical professional.
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