Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system. Unfortunately, no standard tests can currently help diagnose this disease. However, some specific symptoms help in diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.
While Parkinson’s disease symptoms will vary from one person to another, it is important to be aware of the common early warnings, including:
- Tremors of the face, jaw, hands, arms and legs
- Slow movements
- Stiff limbs and trunk
- Inability to stand still or straight
Other common symptoms may include dementia, pain, sleep disturbances, constipation, urinary problems and anxiety.
Is Parkinson’s disease considered a disability?
The Social Security Administration won’t automatically award you benefits based on the Parkinson’s disease diagnosis alone, but it can be considered disabling. While some people can continue working long after their diagnosis, others cannot. Eventually, even someone who was diagnosed early may reach the place where they can no longer continue working.
To qualify for benefits, you will need to show that your condition now prevents you from doing the work you do now or any other type of substantial gainful activity.
How do you make a claim for SSD benefits for Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s disease can only be diagnosed through the presence of symptoms. Therefore, ensure you keep a detailed medical history, see your doctor regularly and document how your illness has affected your work.
In addition, because of the amount of documentation necessary to prove that you’re qualified for Social Security disability benefits, it would be a good idea to seek legal assistance. That can help your claim proceed more smoothly.