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Multiple Myeloma Symptoms May Qualify a Victim for Disability Benefits


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8/1/2015
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Facing a cancer diagnosis is a scary and overwhelming time for many people. Often, people suffering from cancer find it very difficult to work in addition to dealing with their symptoms and doing what they need to do with regard to treatment.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the blood plasma cells. The plasma cells are responsible for making proteins to help you fight infections. As a result of the cancer, it becomes more difficult to fight infection. It also causes an increase in abnormal protein in the blood, which can impact the bones, immune system, kidneys, and the number of red blood cells. Fortunately for sufferers, the Social Security Administration recognizes this type of cancer as an impairment, meaning that disability benefits may be available.

Possible Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma can lead to symptoms that make it very difficult for sufferers to return to work in order to support themselves. For this reason, disability benefits are crucial. Some of the common symptoms associated with this condition include the following:

  1. Bone damage. Multiple myeloma can cause damage and fractures to the bones when the abnormal plasma accumulates in the bone. Victims may experience severe pain, tingling, or numbness as a result. Bone damage and fractures most often occur in the lower back and ribs.
  2. Increased calcium in the blood. This may result in excessive thirst, nausea, constipation, loss of appetite, confusion, and kidney problems.
  3. Kidney problems. If a multiple myeloma sufferer experiences kidney problems, he or she may show signs of muscle weakness, difficulty thinking, constipation, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urine production, nausea and vomiting, and fatigue. Ultimately, these kidney problems can progress to full blown kidney disease.
  4. Anemia. Anemia results from decreased red blood cells in the blood. Sufferers may experience fatigue as a result.
  5. Repeated infections. People suffering with multiple myeloma often experience frequent infections, including pneumonia, kidney infections, and skin infections.
  6. Hyper viscosity syndrome. This condition occurs as a result of thickening in the blood caused by increased protein. Patients may experience fatigue, headache, heart failure, and even blindness.

If you were diagnosed with cancer, it is important to seek guidance from an experienced attorney to help you obtain benefits. Doing so will maximize your chances for obtaining the benefits you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today for a free consultation at 888-904-6847.



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