End-Stage Kidney Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Healthy kidneys are vitally important because they clean your blood by filtering out extra water and wastes. Your kidneys also produce hormones that help to keep your bones strong and your blood healthy.

Excess fluid accumulates in your body when both of your kidneys fail. Your blood pressure goes up. Harmful wastes build up. Your body will not produce enough red blood cells. When both of your kidneys fail, fatigue, nausea and loss of appetite begin to occur.

If both of your kidneys fail, you must have treatment that will do what your kidneys are not able to do. The prospect of dialysis or a transplant because of kidney failure is not something that anyone looks forward to. End-stage kidney disease is when this occurs.

End-stage kidney disease is a complete or near complete failure of your kidneys to work and function. It is marked by your kidneys failing to regulate electrolytes, concentrate urine and to excrete wastes.

To give you an idea of how big a problem end-stage kidney disease is, more than 400,000 people in the United States are on long-term dialysis. Over 20,000 people have a working transplanted kidney.

The number one cause of end-stage kidney disease is diabetes. End-stage kidney disease almost always occurs after chronic kidney failure. In fact, end-stage kidney disease is the final stage of chronic kidney failure. In addition to diabetes causing your kidneys to fail, heredity and prolonged medical conditions like high blood pressure may also play a role in causing kidney failure.

There are many signs and symptoms that you may have with end-stage kidney disease. Some of these include:

  • Blood in your vomit or stools
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Frequent hiccups
  • Muscle cramps or twitching
  • Greatly decreased urine output
  • No urine output
  • Decreased sensation in your hands, feet or other areas
  • Generalized itching
  • Increased skin pigmentation
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Skin that may appear brown or yellow
  • Nail abnormalities
  • Decreased alertness that may involve lethargy, drowsiness, confusion, delirium and coma.
  • Seizures.

You or a loved one may be suffering from end-stage kidney disease. End-stage kidney disease and/or complications that have resulted from it or other disorders that you have in addition to this disease may have brought about you or your loved one’s disability and be the reason why you are not able to work.

You may need assistance if this is your situation. You may need financial help.

You or your loved one may be intending to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability that has resulted from end-stage kidney disease and/or complications that have come about because of it or other disorders that you have in addition to this disease. You may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration.

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