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Medullary Sponge Kidney Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

Your kidneys play an important part in the function of your body, not only by filtering your blood and getting rid of waste products, but also by balancing levels of electrolytes in your body, controlling blood pressure and stimulating the production of red blood cells. Your kidneys are located in your abdomen toward the back. Normally, one is on each side of your spine. They get their blood supply through the renal arteries directly from your aorta, and they send blood back to your heart through the renal veins to the vena cava. (The term "renal" is derived from the Latin name for kidney.) Your kidneys have the ability to monitor the acid-base balance of your body. They also monitor the amount of body fluid and the concentrations of electrolytes like sodium and potassium. Waste products of body metabolism like urea from protein metabolism and uric acid from DNA breakdown are filtered by your kidneys. Medullary sponge kidney disease is a disease where tiny sacs that are called cysts form in your medulla, which is the inner part of your kidney. These cysts create a sponge-like appearance. They keep urine from flowing freely through your tubules. Tubules are tiny tubes inside of your kidneys through which urine flows. Some of the difficulties caused by medullary sponge kidney disease are blood in your urine (hematuria), kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Rarely, this disease leads to more serious problems like total kidney failure. Although medullary sponge kidney disease is present at birth, signs and symptoms do not usually start until between the ages of 30 and 40. This disease affects about 1 in 5,000 to 20,000 people in the United States. Around 20% of the people who develop kidney stones have this disease. Medullary sponge kidney disease may not cause any signs or symptoms. Usually, the first sign or symptom of this disease is when you have a kidney stone or a urinary tract infection. Other signs and symptoms that you may experience with this condition are: You may have medullary sponge kidney disease. This disease and/or complications arising from or along with it may be why you are disabled and in need of financial help. Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by medullary sponge kidney disease and/or complications resulting from or along with it? Were you denied? If you are going to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, think carefully about this. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than those people who are without an attorney.