Primary Thrombocythemia and Getting Disability

Primary thrombocythemia is a disease that is characterized by your body making too many blood platelets (thrombocytes). Primary thrombocythemia is one of a group of diseases of your blood and bone marrow that are known as myeloproliferative neoplasms.

If you are having signs and symptoms that are an indication of primary thrombocythemia, you may be eligible for social security disability benefits like SSI or SSDI. A good thing to do is to go to one of the social security attorneys at disabilitycasereview.com who can help you look into the options that are available to you in regard to claiming disability benefits.

Myeloproliferative neoplasms are diseases that are evidenced by your body making an  excessive amount of cells. This group of diseases is related to and can turn into more serious disorders, such as acute myeloid leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome.

In order for your blood to clot like it ought to, you must have blood platelets. However, primary thrombocythemia is marked by blood clots (thrombus) that may take place at any point in your body. The places where these blood clots form most of the time are your hands, feet and brain.

Primary thrombocythemia, which is also referred to as essential thrombocythemia, is a disease that affects somewhere around 2 or 3 out of every 100,000 people every year in the United States.

Middle aged to elderly people are the ones who are most often affected by primary thrombocythemia, although it may affect children and young adults as well. The average age at which this disease is diagnosed is in people who are between the ages of 50 and 60.

The exact cause of primary thrombocythemia has not been determined at the present time. Around 50% of the people who are afflicted with this disease have a mutation of the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) gene. There are other gene defects that have also been connected with primary thrombocythemia.

When the disease comes about because of an underlying disorder, it is known as secondary or reactive thrombocythemia. Secondary thrombocythemia may be caused by several different things.

You may not have any signs or symptoms at all with primary thrombocythemia. On the other hand, there are several different signs and symptoms that you may experience, which may be an indication of this disease. Some of these are:

  • Bleeding that comes from your gums
  • Lymph nodes that become enlarged
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Burning, redness and throbbing pain that occurs in your hands and feet (erythromelalgia)
  • Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
  • Ulcers that develop on your fingers or toes
  • Temporary changes that take place in your vision
  • A tendency to bruise easily
  • Fainting
  • Prolonged bleeding after you have had a surgical procedure or a tooth extraction
  • Numbness, redness or tingling that occurs in your hands and feet
  • Bleeding that takes place from your urinary tract, skin, gastrointestinal tract or respiratory system
  • Stools that are bloody
  • A mildly enlarged spleen
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • An increased number of blood clots in your veins and arteries.
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