MS Patients Need More Associates Like Disability Tax Credit

December 6, 2015 by dccinc

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a devastating condition wherein a person’s own immune system turns on them and begins attacking the protective coating around their nerves. This breakdown in the nerve’s protective system coupled with the subsequent development of scar tissue around the nerve leads to signals from the brain becoming compromised and misread by the victim’s nervous system. Different sufferers experience MS differently but nearly all will experience some combination of:

  • Loss of balance
  • Difficulty walking, running, sitting and standing
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Vision problems
  • Depressive disorders
  • Loss of memory

There is no cure for MS and many Canadians afflicted with the disease would be unable to afford expensive medications and physical therapy without help from the Disability Tax Credit.

Issues Raised by a New Study Point to Earlier Oversights

The importance of exercise in helping MS patients maintain muscle fluidity, energy levels and mental alertness has long been known. However, a new study raises the possibility that doctors have been assuming MS patients have a lower tolerance for exercise than they actually do. A recent post on the blog picks up the story from there:

Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies that are less effective than they could be, according to new research by scientists at the University of Illinois.

In a study of 64 patients with MS, kinesiology and community health professor Lara Pilutti and her colleagues found that participants had significantly higher peak aerobic capacity and muscle strength when recumbent steppers and computerized dynamometers were used for the tests, compared with arm ergometers and handheld dynamometers.

The new study’s suggestion that this natural strength has been underutilized is a classic good news/bad news situation: the good news being that treatments may be improved, and the bad news being that they probably could have been improved earlier.

Hope for MS through the Disability Tax Credit

No one knows what causes MS. Current theories range from the Epstein-Barr virus to genetics to certain forms of the herpes virus as well; though none of these theories has proven conclusive. What is known is that the disease can be totally disabling and that people disabled by the disease often find themselves drowning in a sea of healthcare related debt.

Those people besieged by medical bills find themselves fighting two distinct battles: the battle against their disability and the battle to retain their home, their family life and their dignity. Many are forced to make gut-wrenching choices between food and therapy or medication and clothes for their kids. This should never happen in a civilized society.

The Disability Tax Credit mentioned earlier is, in many cases, the last line of defense for disabled citizens who are struggling to maintain their therapeutic regimes and the quality of their family life as well. This vital program can provide up to $40,000 in relief annually to those who qualify. (Anyone who thinks that is an extravagant amount need only do some research into the costs the government incurs when people become wards of the state. The fact is that the Disability Tax Credit is one of the most cost-effective ways ever devised to save taxpayers from uncontrolled social service expenses.)

Don’t Know Where to Start? Contact Disability Credit Canada Today!

In many cases however, the disabled are unaware of their rights and the benefits they’re entitled to when it comes to the Disability Tax Credit. We can straighten out any and all confusion, answer any questions authoritatively and set you on course to secure the aid you need. We’re Disability Credit Canada and we’ve helped scores of disabled citizens see the light at the end of the healthcare debt tunnel. We know every aspect of the Disability Tax Credit application process and can champion your application all the way to final approval and disbursement. For more information, you can also read our Disability Tax Credit Guide.

Don’t let collection agencies and drug companies rule your life for one more day. Call Disability Credit Canada today and turn the tide on the sea of medical debt.

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