Cystinuria is an inherited metabolic disease. A metabolic disease is one in which your internal body chemistry that causes your body’s metabolism does not work like it should. You may have too much of some substances and not enough of other substances that you require to stay healthy.
Cystinuria is a disease that is evidenced by the accumulation of cystine stones or crystals in your bladder or kidneys. Cystine is an amino acid, which is one of the building blocks of proteins. Cystine is usually absorbed back into your blood stream as your kidneys filter blood to create urine. Cystine is not reabsorbed into your bloodstream like it should be when you have cystinuria.
Excess cystine forms crystals as your urine becomes more concentrated in your kidneys. The crystals form stones in your bladder or kidneys as they increase in size. These crystals and stones may reduce the ability of your kidneys to eliminate waste through urine and create blockages in your urinary tract. These stones may also be the site of where bacteria can cause infections.
Cystinuria affects around 1 in 10,000 people. Cystine stones occur most often in young adults who are under the age of 40. Men are more severely affected by cystinuria than women.
There are several different signs and symptoms that you may have with cystinuria. However, the sign or symptom that will be most noticeable is pain in your back or side or flank pain. This pain may:
- Often be severe
- Be felt also in your genitals, groin, pelvis or between your back and upper abdomen
- Occur usually on one side, rarely on both sides
- Get increasingly worse over a period of days.
Other signs and symptoms of cystinuria include:
- Excess protein in your urine
- Blood in your urine
- Excess amino acids in your urine
- Kidney stones
- Small stature.
You or a loved one may have cystinuria. Cystinuria and/or complications resulting from it or other conditions that you have along with this disease may have led to the disability of you or your loved one. It may be preventing you from working.
If this is the case, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may have decided 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 caused by cystinuria and/or complications resulting from it or other conditions that you have along with this disease. You or your loved one may have already tried this option, and your claim was turned down by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one intends to reapply or appeal the denial, here is something important for you to carefully consider. The fact of the matter is that people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer in their corner.
Please do not wait or put this off. Contact the disability attorney at Social Security Home, today.