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Social Security Disability Benefits for Illness Archives

New technique for fibromyalgia diagnosis on the horizon

Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder that can be not only debilitating, but also difficult to diagnose accurately. Simply getting a diagnosis can take up to five years in some cases. Fortunately, researchers at Ohio State University have developed a test they believe could make diagnosing fibromyalgia as simple as taking a small blood sample.

Social Security Disability: Mental Illness

An illness of the mind can be an insidious thing. Many such illnesses are difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat and can make it difficult for its sufferer to work. Obtaining disability benefits is generally hard no matter the injury, but having a condition that is not readily diagnosable when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can add time and frustration to an already lengthy and complex process.

New treatment may slow disabling effects of multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a condition that can strike a person at any age. As Pittsburgh residents affected by this condition know, the long-term effects of the illness can be very difficult to handle. As the disease progresses, simple neurological functions begin to fade, which can makes mobility a challenge.

Social Security Disability: Lyme Disease

Medical professionals recently gathered in Pennsylvania to discuss an illness that can produce strong opinions among doctors: Lyme disease. If left untreated or if the disease persists even after initial treatment, the tick-borne illness can have very serious effects. In fact, those who are dealing with chronic Lyme disease symptoms may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Childhood cancer linked to chronic fatigue syndrome

Too many Pennsylvania residents understand how emotionally and financially challenging a cancer diagnosis can be -- particularly if the illness affects a child. Although successfully completing treatment is definitely a relief, many readers may be interested to know that juvenile cancer and its treatment has been correlated with chronic fatigue, another debilitating medical condition.

Family struggles to cover ill daughter's medical bills

For one family with a teenage daughter, medical bills are anything but simple. The now 16-year-old was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder as a 5-year-old. Treatments for her various medical issues have been difficult on the entire family.

Applying for disability benefits after an ALS diagnosis

When a person is diagnosed with a life changing condition, he or she may experience a stage of intense grief. One diagnosis which may bring on this type of reaction is ALS. As this illness eventually leads to a person's death, it can be very difficult to accept, as one man who was diagnosed with ALS two years ago probably remembers.

Social Security Disability Benefits: Discrimination

Even short-term illnesses, like the common cold, can make working a full day challenging. So imagine the difficulties an employee with sciatic nerve pain, diabetes, obesity, and depression experiences when trying to work. One man who has all of these conditions had to stop working in fast food management because his sciatic nerve pain made it impossible to stand or sit for extended lengths of time.

Does a mental illness make work challenging for you?

Many illnesses have the potential to affect a person's work and home life. People with psychological disorders may find it challenging to fully function at work and at home. Psychological illnesses can affect all aspects of a person's life.

Sodium could build link to MS cures

A new research study may show new hope for multiple sclerosis patients in Pennsylvania. The study, released earlier this month, shows that multiple sclerosis (MS) is largely caused by buildups of sodium in brain tissue, information that could lead to better assessment and treatment options. That means that people with MS who currently collect Social Security Disability payments for their illness could receive improved medical care in the coming years.

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