Risk of Life-Threatening Complications Makes Disability Benefits Crucial to Those With Deep Vein Thrombosis

Suffering from deep vein thrombosis is difficult and frightening for many people. The condition is potentially life threatening, and many physicians advise their patients not to work as a result. This can create significant stress and worry. In order to allow sufferers to focus on their health, it is important to seek out Social Security disability benefits.

4 Facts About Deep Vein Thrombosis

What is deep vein thrombosis? The following is an overview of this condition:

  • Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs deep within the veins.
  • This condition often occurs in the thighs or lower legs.
  • The blood clot restricts the flow of blood to the area.
  • Deep vein thrombosis causes painful redness, heat, and swelling in people who suffer from the condition.

Deep vein thrombosis can be a very dangerous condition, making it difficult or impossible for some people to work. If a blood clot breaks loose, it can become stuck in various parts of the body, including the brain, lungs, and heart. This causes an embolism. Deep vein thrombosis can also increase the risk of stroke. Both stroke and embolisms are potentially life-threatening conditions.

Since deep vein thrombosis can make it difficult for a person to financially support him or herself, Social Security disability benefits become extremely important. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration does recognize the condition on its listing of impairments. Navigating the disability benefits application process, however, can be overwhelming for those without experience. We encourage you to contact us today for help at 888-904-6847.

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How can you win benefits for having blood clots? I have a few chronic blood clots in my leg that make standing, walking, and even sitting in a regular chair painful. I spend all day with my right leg elevated on an ottoman. It still hurts, but only about half as much as it hurts to sit with my leg touching the floor. I have to climb stairs with only one leg still after over six years. The only thing that makes my leg feel better that doesn't include painkillers is to lay in bed all day. My leg is good while in bed, but as soon as I start using it, the pain sets in. I was denied disability because my leg only swells after I've been standing for a few hours. I also do not have varicose veins or open wounds on my leg. I can stand on my leg, and even walk around for four hours if I double up on my painkillers and preserve my energy. I went back to work for 8 months as janitor and I had to plan every move of my shift in order to not run out of energy before my shift was over. I was doubling and even tripling up on pain medications in order to make it through my shifts. I was also slower and less productive than my co-workers and that is why I ultimately had to quit. I would be so wiped out from the four hour a day five day a week job that even sitting on a couch all day on the weekend would not make me feel better again. My job prior to getting blood clots was a long haul truck driver. I can only handle about an hour or two behind the wheel these days and that is on painkillers. I was rated that I cannot perform past work but that I can do light duty work. I would have to have an ottoman to elevate my leg if I was to even work in an office and I don't see an office relenting to this type of request. I have a failed lung function test that almost meets the listing from COPD, but normal looking lungs on all scans. Doc thinks it's small airways issues from the clots. I also have a moderately enlarged heart, moderate sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure when standing. I can have a completely normal blood pressure when sitting, then it will jump to 170/12 when standing. I only have this semi-controlled as the meds only work for a few hours, then my standing BP goes back to 140/100. If I take a second dose of Clonidine, my BP will normalize when standing, but then be dangerously low when sitting. No doctor knows what to make of this problem. I have headaches and feel like I constantly have a hangover. I have muscle cramping in hands and weakness in both legs. I have pain and soreness all over my body but no one believes it's due to my Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome which is known to cause pain all over the body. None of my doctors will help me get disability and none of them understand what APS can do. I have high APS antibodies on two tests taken 2 years apart and 1 clinical event of extensive DVT and large Saddle PE. I also have a lesser recognized genetic blood clotting disorder called Factor 2 Mutation which is a lesser version of the Factor 5 Mutation. The scans on my right leg show chronic blood clots and scar tissue in one of the deep veins and a very narrowed vein. This is where all of my pain cones from. I worked for 8 months and never got any of my physical strength back. I was actually becoming weaker. The problem is that no one believes how had this and I am very young at age 42 so the judge had bias because of my age. I don't see how such a serious medical condition can be blown off by the SSA, but they say it is not serious enough to warrant benefits. What do you think?
by Jeremy May 25, 2018 at 01:05 AM
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