About 3.5 million Americans are affected by anemia, which is the most common blood disorder in the United States. While there are over 400 types of anemia, they can be classified by their causes. There are three main causes of anemia:
- Blood loss: Usually anemia caused by blood loss is the result of bleeding somewhere in the body. Underlying conditions like ulcers, gastritis and cancer can cause this bleeding. In addition, certain anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin can begin an internal bleed.
- Poor or lessened red blood cell production: When the body’s blood cell production is compromised, the result can be anemia. Certain health conditions are caused by blood cell production issues, including iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency, sickle cell anemia and stem cell or bone marrow problems.
- Red blood cell destruction: Sometimes red blood cells can actually be destroyed within the body by various conditions like sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, infections, venomous bites, liver or kidney disease, burns, exposure to certain chemicals, and severe burns.
One thing is for sure; if you have anemia and do not have it treated, you may experience severe complications like:
- Extreme Exhaustion: Severe anemia can cause so much fatigue that you are unable to complete any normal daily tasks. For some, working becomes impossible.
- Rapid or Irregular Heartbeat: Also called arrhythmia, heart problems can occur if your body is not receiving enough oxygen in the blood. Congestive heart failure is also a risk.
- Death: Serious inherited types of anemia, like sickle cell, may lead to complications that ultimately result in death if left untreated.
And when an underlying disease, such as cancer or hypothyroidism, causes your anemia, then your ability to maintain daily tasks may be even further compromised.
If you or someone you love suffers from anemia and is unable to earn money at his or her usual job, then maybe applying for Social Security disability benefits is a good idea. The Massachusetts legal team at Keefe Disability Law has helped many people get through the government red tape and find a way to go on. If you have questions or need a free case evaluation, call us toll free at 888-904-6847.