What is Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)?
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a neurological disorder which progressively weakens the sensory functions of the legs and arms. This disorder damages the myelin sheath which is the fat covering the nerve fibers. When myelin is damaged or removed this causes the body’s electrical impulses to be slowed down or lost. This disorder is more common amongst young adults, and also tends to affect more men than women.This is a rare disorder and is associated with a loss of reflexes.
Symptoms of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Symptoms include loss of sensation, abnormal sensations, loss of reflexes, and weakness. Loss of sensation includes numbness, while abnormal sensations include tingling or pain. Weakness in the legs can cause difficulties when walking. This disorder is progressive, meaning that the muscles weaken over time. Common symptoms include fatigue, burning, pain, clumsiness, and difficulties swallowing or seeing. Vision can also be disrupted as this disorder may cause double vision.
Treatment for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
When treating this disorder glucocorticoid drugs are effective in managing symptoms. It is important to treat CIDP immediately to prevent it from worsening. Early treatment can help to prevent the loss of nerve axons. For more severe cases, surgery may be needed in order to correct joint deformities. Physical and occupational therapy is highly recommended as well.
Physiotherapy can help to improve muscle strength, mobility, and help to minimize the shrinkage of muscles and tendons of the joints. This disorder is difficult to diagnose as symptoms must last for at least two months to properly diagnose this disorder.
Tests include nerve conduction tests and electromyography which look for a slower nerve conduction. MRI imaging can also be used to show the nerve roots in order to look for any signs for enlargement and inflammation.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
To be eligible for this tax credit program, a patient with this disordermost likely qualifies under the disability section “walking impairment”. This is because common symptoms include clumsiness and numbness which can impair one’s ability to walk.
You must have difficulties performing daily activities and have a medical doctor or a qualified practitionersign this form.A walking impairmentmeans that it must take an inordinate amount of time to walk, even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices. These devises include canes and walkers for example. To be considered as markedly restricted, you must have difficulties walking 100 metres. It may take a great deal of time to do so as a result of pain. Patients with this disorder suffer from mobility issues as they are in extreme pain and are in discomfort as a result.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Demyelinating Polyneuropathy?
To apply, our experts will assist you in filling out form T2201 where you will need to get your medical practitioner to complete this form. This will ask your doctor to describe how you are impaired by your disability. It is important to be descriptive in this section as a patient can be affected in a variety of ways by Demyelinating Polyneuropathy.
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to +claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.