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How do you file for SSDI with a mitochondrial myopathy condition?


I have been diagnosed with a mitochondrial myopathy and would like to know how to file for social security.
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Any professional athletes that have a mitochondrial myopathy disorder?


Is there any other professional athelet (other than Rocco Baldelli) that have any kind of mitochondrial myopathy disorder?

Is there any information on them and how they deal with it?
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Quit taking statin drugs, do take CoQ10 and selenium.  (+ info)

What are some of the causes of non genetic or "acquired" mitochondrial disease?


I have been told that there are cases of mitochondrial disease that are non-genetic and that other diseases, environmental factors, etc. can cause mitochondrial dysfunction. What are some of the more common factors?
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Heavy metal toxicities (lead, mercury, arsenic, etc.) are probably the most common environmental cause.

Chemical toxicities may also have the potential to damage mitochondria.

Additionally, micronutrient deficiencies (e.g. iron deficiency, etc.) can damage mitochrondria.

Lastly, any excessive source of oxidatived stress or deficiency of antioxidant potential can damage mitochondria.  (+ info)

does anyone know of the existance of a mitochondrial disorders support group?


I live in Brisbane , QLD> Very few people, including the medical profession know anything about my disorder, & this is frustrating & I hope someone out there can share their experiences.
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My employer is a pharmaceutical company working on a treatment for this problem. I have a Google Alert that sends me articles on "mitochondrial disease" and "mitochondrial cytopathies." The organization I see cited most is "United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation". www.umdf.org

There's also "HaileysWish.org"

Sirtis, Endo, and Penwest are three pharmaceutical companies working on treating this disease.  (+ info)

How is "non-genetic" Mitochondrial Disease determined to be, in fact, non-genetic.?


Short of a crystal ball, without any family history to rely on, how would a clinician or researcher arrive at a "non-genetic" diagnosis?
Other than a "non-professional" guess, is there anything in the area of testing that might lead to such a diagnosis?
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This is a guess. If it's non genetic it means it doesn't run the person's family or there are no known carriers in the family.  (+ info)

Mitochondrial Myopathy and Mitochondrial diseases in general?


Can somebody please answer the follow questions concerning MD (mitochondrial diseases)?

Is the disorder on the rise or decline in North America? The world?

If you find any information, please copy down the website (or books with author, title, page number, publication, year of publication wrote down)

Thanks
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start from here:
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu.m2pwJHskABNjNXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE5YTh2bGhnBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0Y5NDVfMTE4BGwDV1Mx/SIG=126avmh54/EXP=1191442742/**http%3a//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_disease
http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu.m2pwJHskABMzNXNyoA/SIG=142e7tv8n/EXP=1191442742/**http%3a//search.yahoo.com/search%3fei=UTF-8%26fr=ks-ans%26p=human%2bmitochondrial%2bdiseases%26rs=0%26fr2=rs-top  (+ info)

mitochondrial disease - why can people who have this, only excersise for short periods of time?


i dont understand. i know that people with mitochondrial disease have mitochondria that does not function properly, but
why are they unable to excersise for very long?
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To understand the answer, you need to know what Mitochondria do. Here is the short, simplified answer.
- Mitochondria are the powerhouse of your cells. ATP (which is what your cells and body use for energy) is made in the mitochondria. Normally, mitochondria work constantly, renueing ATP as long as you keep bringing in new oxygen, which allows you to keep working out and moving. BUT when your mitochondria are abnormal, they don't make the energy or ATP that the cells need to function, when these cells can't get energy, lactic acid builds up, which causes muscle fatigue and aches... The oxygen that a normal person can breath, doesn't work as well in people with mitochondrial disorders, so the cell has to default to LACTIC ACID production to make energy. Well, in order to clear out the lactic acid, you need to rest.

Hope this helps  (+ info)

What are the main symptoms of mitochondrial myopathy?


This forum is for questions about diabetes.  (+ info)

What causes mitochondrial disease?


Can you give me a site for what causes Mitochondrial disease? If you know someone with that disease can you share their (or your) story please. Thank you!
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There are several causes of a mitochondrial dysfunction.Genetics, oxidative stress,iron overload-Who is suffering from this disease?  (+ info)

What is mitochondrial disease in a baby?


Meabolism refers to the process of converting food and oxygen (fuel) into energy. This requires hundreds of chemical reactions, and each chemical reaction must run almost perfectly in order to have a continuous supply of energy. When one or more components of these chemical reactions does not run perfectly, there is an energy crisis, and the cells cannot function normally. As a result, the incompletely burned food might accumulate as poison inside the body. This is what is refered to as a mitochondrial disease.  (+ info)

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