Chagas disease is an inflammatory, infectious condition that is caused by the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi. It is an illness that is spread by insects.
Chagas disease is common in Mexico, Central and South America. This is the primary home of the reduvid bug. Chagas disease, however, has also spread to the southern part of the United States in recent years.
Chagas disease is named after Carlos Chagas. He is the Brazilian doctor who first described the disease in 1909.
Chagas disease is also known by other names. It is also called American trypanosomiasis and South American trypanosomiasis.
Chagas disease develops in two stages. There is an acute phase of the disease that is followed by the chronic stage. The effects that you experience can be anywhere from mild to severe in either stage of the disease. A lot of people do not have any signs or symptoms until the chronic phase of Chagas disease.
If you do have signs and symptoms during the acute stage of the illness, they are usually mild in nature. Some of these are:
- Body aches
- Swelling and redness at the site of the infection, especially around your eyelid and eye
- Diarrhea, vomiting or nausea
- Enlargement of your spleen or liver
- Swollen glands
- Loss of appetite.
The chronic phase of Chagas disease can happen as long as 10 to 30 years after your initial infection. Severe cases may affect you by causing:
- An inflamed, enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy)
- Congestive heart failure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Constipation or abdominal pain from an enlarged colon
- Difficulty swallowing because of an enlarged esophagus.
You or a loved one may have Chagas disease. The effects caused by this condition may have reached a point where you or your loved one is unable to work. Chagas disease and/or complications resulting from or along with it may be causing your disability.
If this describes you or your loved one’s situation, you may need help. You may need financial assistance.
Who can you turn to for help? Where will the financial assistance that you need come from?
Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by Chagas disease and/or complications along with or resulting from it? Were you or your loved one denied?
You or your loved one may be planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you decide to appeal, here is something for you to think about.
You or your loved one might need a disability lawyer like the one you will find at Social Security Home to assist you in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than those people without a lawyer.