Can I Collect Disability If I Have Myasthenia Gravis?

As June is Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Awareness Month, as honored by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA), we would like to inform more people about this disease, which causes muscular weakness.

MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness of the voluntary muscle groups among sufferers. It is estimated that more than 3 million people are diagnosed with the condition each year worldwide, although some experts believe more people may be suffering and undiagnosed.

The disorder occurs equally in all races, genders and can affect anyone of any age. Those who suffer from MG often experience:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Weakness in the arms and legs
  • Chronic muscle fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

There is no known cure for MG, although prescription medications can help ease symptoms. Often, MG symptoms can go into remission, where those who suffer will experience no side effects. With treatment, which can include medication, therapy and physical activity, those who suffer from MG often experience a normal life expectancy.

Will I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits If I Have Myasthenia Gravis?

If you suffer from MG, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) depending upon the severity of your condition. If you have a severe case of MG that leaves you unable to work, there is a chance that you may be approved for benefits. In order for this to occur, you must show that your condition affects your muscle function so much that you cannot function in a typical work setting.

Some of the MG symptoms you may have to show to be approved for SSDI benefits include difficulty talking, swallowing and breathing. Additionally, you may have to prove that your doctor has ordered you significant rest due to muscle weakness.

If you have MG and think that you may be eligible for disability benefits, you should contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney, who can help you through the application process. Contact our office at (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys


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