Vasculitis is a general term for a group of uncommon diseases that are evidenced by inflammation of your blood vessels. The blood vessels of your body are what make up your vascular system. Your blood vessels are composed of arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood to the tissues of your body and veins that return oxygen-depleted blood from your tissues to your lungs for oxygen. Vasculitis is marked by inflammation in and damage to the walls of various blood vessels in your body.
Silk Road disease is a type of vasculitis that can involve ulceration and other legions. It is marked by genital ulcers, painful mouth ulcers, skin lesions and eye problems. This disease can be considered as a chronic upsetting of your body’s immune system.
Your immune system protects your body against infections when it is working like it should through controlled inflammation. However, if your immune system becomes overactive, it may result in unpredictable outbreaks of exaggerated inflammation that usually affect your small blood vessels.
Fortunately, Silk Road disease is rare. It affects about 1 in 20,000 people in the United States. Silk Road disease affects around 1 in 10,000 people in the Mediterranean basin, Middle East and Far East.
Silk Road disease occurs more frequently in men than in women. This disease may start at any age, but it usually begins when you are between 20 and 30 years of age.
The signs and symptoms of Silk Road disease usually vary from person to person. The signs and symptoms that you experience will probably depend on the parts of your body that are affected by Silk Road disease. Some of the possible recurring signs and symptoms that you may have include:
- Skin lesions
- Tonsillitis and sore throats
- Muscle and joint pain
- Fluctuations in your body temperature
- Mouth ulcers
- Abdominal pain or bleeding
- General feeling of weakness or sickness (malaise)
- Inflammation in your eye
- Weight loss, anorexia
- Disorientation or stroke
- Pain, redness and swelling in your arms or legs
- Poor balance.
You or a loved one may be suffering from Silk Road disease. Silk Road disease and/or complications resulting from this disease or other disorders that you have along with it may be why you or your loved one is disabled and unable to work.
You may need help if this is your situation. You may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may intend 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 resulting from Silk Road disease and/or complications caused by this disease or other disorders that you have along with it. You may have already taken this step, and your application was denied by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one plans on reapplying or appealing the denial, think about this. People who have a disability attorney standing with them like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer.