Neuropathy and Disability

Individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes and lived with the disease for a number of years are much more likely to develop the complications most frequently associated with diabetes than are people who have not been living with diabetes. Whether diabetes is controlled or not, the complications can still occur. One of the most common complications from disability is neuropathy.

Neuropathy is a medical term that describes various disorders of the nerves and peripheral nervous system. This term is not used to describe encephalopathy or myelopahty as these affect the central nervous system. Neuropathy is considered to be the equivalent of peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is defined in the medical world as a deranged function and structure of the peripheral motor, sensory, and automatic neurons. The condition can include or involve the entire neuron or merely selected levels.

Basically, this condition is what results in the decreased level of feeling in the extremities that diabetics commonly encounter. An individual with peripheral neuropathy may have decreased sensation in the extremities or even experience pain as a result of this condition.

When the result of the condition is extreme pain, it could affect a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. For this reason, an individual who has controlled diabetes and this condition is much more likely to be considered disabled by the Social Security Administration than an individual that just has diabetes.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and have been controlling or battling diabetes for the majority of your adult life, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss applying for disability and the best way to ensure your claim is granted.