Hemochromatosis and Receiving Social Security Disability
Hemochromatosis, also called iron overload disease, is an inherited condition in which too much iron builds up in your body. It is one of the most common genetic diseases in the United States.
Iron is a mineral found in many foods. Your body normally absorbs about 10 percent of the iron in the food you eat. You absorb more iron than you need with hemochromatosis. Your body has no natural way to get rid of the extra iron. It is stored in your body tissues. This is especially true with your heart, pancreas and liver. This extra iron can cause damage to your organs. Hemochromatosis can cause your organs to fail if you do not get treatment.
There are different forms of hemochromatosis. Primary hemochromatosis, also called hereditary hemochromatosis, is an inherited disease. Secondary hemochromatosis is a result of an underlying condition.
Juvenile hemochromatosis and neonatal hemochromatosis are two additional forms of the disease. Juvenile hemochromatosis leads to severe iron overload and heart and liver disease in adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 30. The neonatal form causes rapid iron buildup in a babys liver that can lead to death.
Some people with hereditary (primary) hemochromatosis never have any signs or symptoms. Other people have a wide range of problems. These may be different for women and men and can vary considerably from person to person.
The early effects of hemochromatosis are like those of other common conditions. Some of these are:
Impotence or loss of libido (sex drive)
High blood sugar levels
Abnormal liver function tests, even though no signs are present
Arthritis, especially in your hands
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function)
Amenorrhea (lack of normal menstruation).
Later stages of this disease may lead to serious conditions. Some of these are:
Cirrhosis which is irreversible scarring of your liver
Discolored skin that is gray or bronze in appearance
Congestive heart failure.
Hemochromatosis and/or complications resulting from it may be the cause of your disability. If this is so, do you need financial help?
Have you applied for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by hemochromatosis? Were you denied?
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