Glomerular Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Your kidneys are complex organs whose main job is to remove unneeded electrolytes, excess fluid and wastes from your body. Any condition or disorder that interferes with the work of your kidneys can lead to a potentially dangerous accumulation of waste products in your bloodstream.
Glomerular disease is a type of kidney disease that hinders the function of your kidneys to remove excess fluids and waste. Glomerular disease can be a part of a systemic disease like lupus or diabetes, or it can be a disease by itself. If this is the case, it is known as primary glomerular disease.
Glomerular disease can be acute. This is when there is a sudden attack of inflammation.
Glomerular disease can also be chronic (on-going). It develops gradually when it is chronic.
Often, at the beginning, the cause of glomerular disease is unknown. Some of the known causes of this disease are infections like bacterial endocarditis and viral infections, immune diseases like vasculitis and lupus and conditions that scar your glomeruli like hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetic kidney disease.
Chronic glomerular disease sometimes develops after an episode of acute glomerular disease. Other people have no history of kidney disease at all. The first indication of chronic glomerular disease may be chronic kidney failure. Sometimes, this disease runs in families. In many cases of chronic glomerular disease the cause is not known.
The signs and symptoms that you experience with glomerular disease depend on whether you have the acute or chronic form of the disease. They may also be determined by the cause of your glomerular disease.
The first thing that may indicate that you have glomerular disease may be the results of a routine urinalysis. Possible signs and symptoms are:
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If you have chronic glomerular disease you may gradually start to experience some of these signs and symptoms:
- Decrease in frequency of urination
- Fatigue and weakness from anemia or kidney failure
- Foam in your toilet water due to protein in your urine (proteinuria)
- Edema (fluid retention) along with swelling in your abdomen, hands, feet and face
- Diluted iced-tea-colored urine resulting from hematuria (red blood cells in your urine)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure).
You or a loved one may be afflicted with glomerular disease. Glomerular disease and/or complications that have been caused by it or other disorders that you have besides this disease may have led to you or your loved ones disability and be the reason why you cannot work.
- Generalized itching
- Decrease in alertness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bruising or bleeding easily
- Malaise (general sick feeling)
- Muscle twitching and muscle cramps
- Frequent hiccups
- Unintentional weight loss
- Headache and seizures.