Saturday, December 4, 2010

Disability for Parkinson's Disease in Mississippi

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, you may be approved for disability in Mississippi.

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that interferes with the ability to walk, talk or engage in even simple activities.  In severe cases, Parkinson's causes the complete loss of effective movement of the limbs.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation has reported that approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease each year.  The Foundation states that more than 1 million people are living with Parkinson's Disease.

Effects of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease has severe effects on the human body.  These effects include:

               Tremors or trembling in the hands, arms, head, face and legs.

               Stiffness of the arms, legs and upper body.

               Extremely slow movement of the body.

               Inability to balance.

               Coordination problems.

These symptoms are usually rather mild at first, but get much worse over time.  In many cases, the symptoms become so severe that a person becomes unable to go about any of his activities of daily living.

Other effects of Parkinson's disease include:

               Inability to swallow.

               Inability to chew.

               Difficulty sleeping.

               Urinary incontinence or inability to urinate.

               Depression.

In addition to the disease itself, the medications used to treat Plarkinson's Disease can cause significant side effects.  These effects include hallucinations and loss of blood pressure.

Diagnosing Parkinson's Disease

Diagnosing Parkinson's Disease is sometimes difficult, as there is no blood or lab test to detect the disease.  In order to diagnose Parkinson's, the doctor must conduct a physical exam and note any possible symptoms of Parkinson's disease.  The doctor will also consider the patient's medical history, and rule out any other possible causes for the patient's symptoms.

Treatment for Parkinson's Disease

There is no cure for Parkinson's Disease.  Medications are used to treat the symptoms that result from the disease.

Disability for Parkinson's Disease in Mississippi

People who suffer from Parkinson's can be approved for disability in Mississippi.  Social Security disability regulations state that a person qualifies for disability due to Parkinson's Disease if he has stiffness, tremors or slowness of movement in two (2) or more limbs (arms or legs).  Disability should be approved where these symptoms cause problems with movement or walking.

Even if a person with Parkinson's does not have these exact symptoms, the combination of the effects of Parksinson's, the side effects of medications, and the effects of other ailments may render a person disabled under Social Security disability regulations.

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, please call 601.944.1984 for a free consultation with a Jackson MS disability lawyer.

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