Essential thrombocythemia is a disease in which your body makes too many thrombocytes (blood platelets). Essential thrombocythemia is one of a group of disorders of your bone marrow and blood that are referred to as myeloproliferative neoplasms. These are disorders in which excess cells are produced.
Blood platelets are needed for your blood to clot. Essential thrombocythemia is characterized by blood clots (thrombus) that can form anywhere in your body. The most common places where blood clots develop are your feet, hands and brain.
Essential thrombocythemia, which is also known as primary thrombocythemia, is diagnosed in about 2 or 3 out of every 100,000 people each year in the United States. This disease usually affects middle aged to elderly people, although it can affect children and young adults as well. The average age of diagnosis is between 50 and 60 years of age.
The exact cause of essential thrombocythemia is not known. About 50% of the people who have this disease have a mutation of the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) gene. Other gene defects have also been associated with essential thrombocythemia. When this disease results from an underlying condition, it is referred to as reactive or secondary thrombocytosis. There is a rare form of this disease that is inherited.
You may not have any signs or symptoms with essential thrombocythemia. Signs and symptoms that you may have include:
- Chest pain
- Mildly enlarged spleen
- Temporary vision changes
- Tingling or numbness in your feet and hands
- Erythromelalgia (redness, burning and throbbing pain in your feet and hands
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Ulcers on your toes or fingers
- Bloody stools
- Bleeding from your respiratory system, skin, urinary tract or gastrointestinal tract
- Prolonged bleeding from a tooth extraction or surgical procedures
- Bleeding from your gums
- Bruising easily
- Epistaxis (nosebleeds)
- Enlarged lymph nodes.
You or a loved one may have essential thrombocythemia. Essential thrombocythemia and/or complications that have resulted from or other conditions that you may have along with this disease may have caused you or your loved one’s disability. It may be preventing you or your loved one from working
You may need help if this is where you are at. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be intending to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by essential thrombocythemia and/or complications that have resulted from or other conditions that you may have along with this disease. You or your loved one may have already tried this option and been denied by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one is planning on reapplying or appealing the denial, remember this important fact. The simple truth is that people who have a disability lawyer fighting for them like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.
Please do not wait or put this off until tomorrow. Contact the disability lawyer at Social Security Home, today.