Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
Drooping eyelids, blurred vision, and slurred speech – 20 out of every 100,000 Americans have an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that causes these and other symptoms, according to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America(MGFA). Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance(SSDI) representation company, supports National Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month this June, and offers guidance to those whose symptoms are so severe they cannot continue working.
There is no known cause or cure for myasthenia gravis (MG), an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system sends antibodies that prevent muscle cells from receiving messages sent from the nerves. This causes weakening of the muscles, which worsens with activity. Additional symptoms include difficulty chewing and swallowing, weakness in the arms and legs, and difficulty breathing.
While there is no cure for MG, there are treatments available to reduce symptoms. Lifestyle changes also can be beneficial, such as planning for more rest and avoiding stress. The lack of a cure is a driving factor for the MGFA in its mission to spread awareness and raise funds for research.
Those who cannot continue working because of the condition may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and can no longer work because of a severe disability. The disability must last for 12 months or longer, or be terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.
Social Security Disability Evaluation
Those with myasthenia gravis may consider seeking SSDI benefits when they can no longer work as a result of their condition. Allsup explains the SSA’s five-step disability evaluation process for Social Security disability applicants.
During National Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, individuals can support the organization and share educational materials. Find more information by visiting http://www.myasthenia.org.
For questions about Social Security disability, call the Allsup Disability Evaluation Center at (800) 678-3276 for a free SSDI eligibility evaluation.
Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability, Medicare and Medicare Secondary Payer compliance services for individuals, employers and insurance carriers. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs more than 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis. For more information, go to http://www.Allsup.com or visit Allsup on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Allsupinc.
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