Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of diseases that weaken the skeletal system and disturb the flow of locomotion. Muscular dystrophy is characterized by skeletal and muscular weaknesses. It can affect the way a sufferer walks and could impair feeding and dressing skills.
Muscular dystrophy manifests itself in a defect in muscle proteins and muscle cells and tissues that tend to die out. The disease tends to target boys more than girls and most types of this disease tend to be multi-system disorders. At times, muscular dystrophy can affect the brain and eyes, nervous system, heart, intestines and endocrine glands. The disease will mean walking, dressing and feeding become problematic. In some muscular dystrophy conditions, intellect, behaviour, bowel and sexual potency are also noted in some patience.
If you feel you suffer from muscular dystrophy, your doctor will examine you and determine your medical history. This examination will help to determine which type of muscular dystrophy the patient may have, as there are around nine different types.
Do you or someone you know have muscular dystrophy? Help is available in the form of the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.
Muscular dystrophy is generally inherited. Sometimes there are mutations of the dystrophin gene, which shows a presence at the pre-natal stages.
Symptoms for a patient suffering from muscular dystrophy include:
- Ongoing muscular wasting
- Difficulty balancing
- Eyelids that are droopy or half-closed
- Muscular atrophy
- Abnormal curvature in the spine
- Often falling over
- Breathing difficulties
- Muscular spasms
- Tends to waddle when walking
- Arrhythmic heart issues
Disability Tax Credits for Muscular Dystrophy
If you know anybody that may be suffering from muscular dystrophy and is having trouble with walking, dressing and feeding then financial help could be available for you. Muscular dystrophy has no known cure but the condition can be treated and sufferers can be cared for with disability tax credits. Contact HandyTax today. One of our several representatives will be glad to give you a free consultation!