What is Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia Gravis is a neuromuscular disease that is chronic and causes weak feeling in skeletal muscles that are responsible for breathing and moving parts of the body such as arms and legs. The Latin or Greek translation of Myasthenia Gravis is “grave or serious muscle weakness”. The disease worsens after long periods of activity but improves after periods of rest. Muscles in the eye and facial expressions are often involved in the disorder.
Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis
Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis include weakness in the arms, hands, fingers, legs and neck, shortness of breath, difficult swallowing, impaired speech, a change in facial expressions, the dropping of one or both eyelids and blurred or double vision due to weakness in the muscles that control movements in the eye.
Available Treatments for Myasthenia Gravis
There are various treatments for Myasthenia Gravis. A Thymectomy is an operation that removes the thymus gland, and this can reduce symptoms and sometimes cure people. Anticholinesterase medications are medications that treat the disorder by breaking down acetylcholine thereby improving neuromuscular transmission and increasing strength in the muscles. As well, immunosuppressive drugs improve muscles strength by slowing the production of abnormal antibodies but these drugs can have significant side effects
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Myasthenia Gravis
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Myasthenia Gravis
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.