Dysphagia and Receiving Disability Benefits

Dysphagia and Disablity Benefits

In this article we will unpack the definition of Dysphagia, as well as discover what (if any) benefits for this common disabliity you may be entitled to. There are many common disabilities that have the capacity to change the quality of life you experience, as well as alter (however big or small) your daily routine as you know it. 

Dysphagia, by it's medical definition, is describing the process of swallowing combined with difficulty and pain. It can stand alone, or can be utalized to define multiple symptoms reflecting the process of swallowing with other medical terms. In general, Dysphagia refers to a disorder when eating and consuming food through the throat, and is a sensation that suggests there is significant difficulty in solids and liquids passing from your mouth to your stomach. In order to swallow, there are three stages that simplify what the normal human body does to achieve healthy consumption of food and nutrients. Because there are fifty pairs of muscles and several nerves involved in moving food from your mouth to your stomach, let's unpack what the three stages look like below:

  • Phase One: the tongue moves food around the mouth for chewing, which prepares the food for swallowing and mixing the food with saliva. Saliva moistens and softens the food for easier swallowing. This phase is all about preperation for swallowing.
  • Phase Two: the swallowing reflex is triggered by the tongue pushing food to the back of the mouth. This causes the larynx (voice box) to tightly close, breathing to stop, and preventing food and liquids from entering your lungs.
  • Phase Three: food enters your esophagus (the canal that connects your mouth with your stomach)

Remember, Dysphagia refers to the difficulties of one or more of these three phases being interrupted and difficult. The signs and sypmtoms may come and go as they are unique to each person and their bodies. They can range from severe to mild, and can even worsen over the passing of time. Below are some of the most common syptoms identifying this common disability:

  • choking, coughing, or gagging when swallowing
  • pain when swallowing
  • losing weight due to consumption difficulty
  • challenge in getting food or liquids to go down the first try
  • returning liquids or food into the mouth, nose, or throat after swallowing
  • chest pain or pressure
  • heartburn
  • feeling as though liquid or food is stuck in your chest or throat

Due to the effects of Dysphagia, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits for this common disability. It would be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced and professional lawyer who is well versed in these common disabilities, along with the ability to communicate with you about your specific case. The steps you take to apply for disability benefits could potentially be as unique as you are, as each individual will need to meet certain requirements for final approval. Your attorney will be able to not only understand the law but also represent your case in the best possible way to gain you the best possible outcome, espeically because they will be knowledgable about your State and their adidtional requirements. 

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