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Aphasia is a condition that results in the impairment of a person’s ability to process and comprehend speech. The condition can also impair one’s ability to read and write. Typically, older persons are more likely to suffer aphasia, although the condition can also be triggered by a stroke or brain injury.

There may be several types of impairments that are seen in a case of aphasia. Sometimes, the person may suffer from an inability to string together words into sentences, while in other cases, only the ability to read is impacted. Some individuals with this condition may find it difficult to attach names to objects. Impairments can affect the person’s ability to read or speak, while others may affect the individual’s ability to write, but leave his ability to speak unimpaired. In other types of aphasia, the person may be left with the inability to provide words or sentences for the ideas and thoughts that he wants to express.

Primary progressive aphasia is the kind of aphasia that results after a person has suffered a stroke, or as a result of Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. In such cases, the person’s ability to speak properly is severely impacted and progressively gets worse. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has included primary progressive aphasia in its Compassionate Allowances listing of conditions that are eligible for expedited processing of claims.  This means that if you suffer from primary progressive aphasia, your application for Social Security disability benefits will be processed and approved faster.

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Since the symptoms of myasthenia gravis so closely mirror chronic fatigue syndrome and several other fatigue-causing conditions, a complete diagnosis of the condition is important to help you recover Social Security disability benefits for your condition. The results of diagnostic tests performed by your doctor, that too at times when your muscles are at their most fatigued will help. Since myasthenia gravis can be episodic, there may be periods of severe symptoms followed by periods of remission.  Your medical records will prove vital.

Another possible route to recovery of the Social Security disability benefits that you qualify for is the medical-vocational allowance path which will focus on the types of work that you are unable to do as a result of your condition. For example, if the condition has resulted in extreme weakness in your arms or hands, you may not be able to lift things which makes manual work very difficult or impossible to do.

If you suffer from myasthenia gravis, discuss your eligibility for benefits with this law firm by calling (404) 255- 9838.

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Myasthenia gravis is a condition that impairs the muscles of the body. It is a neuromuscular condition that is characterized by muscular fatigue and weakness. Initial symptoms of myasthenia gravis may include vision blurring or double vision and slurred or unclear speech. The person may experience trouble swallowing and other signs of fatigue. These symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions, which often leads to a delayed diagnosis.

Since this is a progressive disorder, symptoms like fatigue and muscular weakness can be expected to worsen over time. The person may suffer from drooping eyelids, trouble speaking, eating or chewing food, and weakness in the arms and legs. In its most severe form, the condition can trigger a myasthenia gravis crisis in which the muscles responsible for respiration become weak and unable to function. In such cases, artificial respiration may have to be used.

If you find yourself suffering from sudden and unexplained weakness in the extremities, difficulty in holding your head up, or slurred speech, contact a doctor immediately. Diagnostic tests for myasthenia gravis can include blood analysis, edrophonium tests, CT scans, and MRI scans.

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