Multiple Myeloma and Receiving Social Security Disability
Cancer starts in your cells. These are the basic building blocks of your body. Old cells die when they should and new cells take their place when you need them if your body is functioning like it ought to. But, when things go wrong, old cells do not die like they should and new cells develop when you do not require them.
A tumor (mass) can originate with these excess cells. These tumors are either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancer. Malignant ones are.
Cancer is much broader than a single disease. It is a wide group of diseases. Cancer is evidenced by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body).
Multiple myeloma is one of the many different types of cancer. It begins in your plasma cells in your bone marrow. These are a kind of white blood cell that produces proteins that are called antibodies that help you to fight infection.
With multiple myeloma, a group of mutated (abnormal) plasma cells that are called myeloma cells multiply, which raises the amount of abnormal proteins in your blood. The result can be difficulties with your immune system, red blood cell count, kidneys and bones.
Over 20,000 new cases of multiple myeloma are diagnosed each year in the United States. Most of the people who get this disease are over 50 years of age. Men have this disease more often than women.
Like many other cancers, multiple myeloma may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms may also vary from person to person. Some of the signs and symptoms that you may experience are:
Back or bone pain
Problems with bleeding
An increased likelihood of infection
Excessive urination and thirst
A high calcium level in your blood
Numbness or weakness in your legs
Symptoms of anemia like shortness of breath, fatigue and tiredness
Unintended weight loss
Loss of appetite
You or a loved one may have multiple myeloma. This disease and/or complications resulting from it may be causing your disability and need of financial help.
You or your loved one may consider applying for financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by multiple myeloma and/or complications resulting from this disease. You or your loved one may have already applied and been turned down?
If you or your loved one decides to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, never forget. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer.
Contact the disability attorney at Social Security Home, today.