Peripheral neuropathy can be a very painful and debilitating condition that is most commonly associated with diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy means there has been damage to the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that carry messages to and from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body. Other conditions that may also cause peripheral neuropathy, include herpes zoster, HIV, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, cancer, immune disorders, and genetic disorders.
Disability Benefits for Peripheral Neuropathy
If your neuropathy has severely limited your ability to work and function on a day-to-day basis, you can get Social Security disability, if you meet the defined criteria. Your peripheral neuropathy must cause tremors, paralysis, partial paralysis, or involuntary movement in two extremities that makes it difficult to walk or use your hands.
Even if you don't meet the criteria of the SSA, you may still be approved for disability if your peripheral neuropathies severely limit you in other ways. The SSA will examine your medical and work history and conclude that you cannot return to your past work and cannot transition to less demanding work.
Symptoms and Limitations of Peripheral Neuropathy
If you have symptoms of peripheral neuropathy involving the motor nerves, you might experience muscle weakness, loss of coordination, or loss of balance. If your symptoms involve sensory nerve damage, you could experience symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, sensitivity to touch, or pain. Neuropathy associated with diabetes will affect all peripheral nerves whether motor or sensory
Peripheral neuropathy may limit your ability to walk or stand and control muscle movements. Additionally, individuals who suffer from severe peripheral neuropathy often injure themselves without knowing it because they lose their sense of touch and this can lead to infections and amputations. Chronic pain is also an issue for many people with peripheral neuropathy, and this can have an effect on their ability to work.
Getting Legal Help
If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals to set up your appointment today.