Myelofibrosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Myelofibrosis is a serious bone marrow disorder that disrupts the normal production of blood cells by your body. Your bone marrow undergoes fibrosis. This means that fibrous scar tissue replaces the blood-producing cells in your bone marrow. This results in anemia, abnormally shaped red blood cells and an enlarged spleen.
When your bone marrow is normal, cells called fibroblasts produce fibrous (connective) tissue that supports your blood-producing cells. These fibroblasts produce too much fibrous tissue with myelofibrosis. When this happens it crowds out your blood-producing cells. As a result, your red blood cell production decreases, fewer red blood cells are released into your bloodstream, and anemia develops, becoming progressively more severe.
In addition to this, many of these red blood cells are misshapen or immature. Variable numbers of immature platelets and white blood cells may also be present in your blood. The number of your white blood cells may decrease or increase, and the number of your platelets usually decreases as myelofibrosis gets worse.
Myelofibrosis is also known by other names. It is also referred to as myeloid metaplasia, chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis and primary myelofibrosis.
Myelofibrosis was first described in 1879. It is currently classified as a myeloproliferative disease.
Myelofibrosis is a rare disease. It affects 2 out of 100,000 people in the United States. Myelofibrosis can occur at any age, but it usually affects people over age 50.
Myelofibrosis usually develops slowly. Many people do not have any effects in the early stages of this disorder. However, as myelofibrosis progresses, you may experience some of these signs and symptoms that include:
Pain in your bones
An enlarged liver
An enlarged spleen that causes fullness or pain below your ribs on your left side
Shortness of breath, feeling weak and tired as a result of anemia
Night sweats (excessive sweating during sleep)
You or a loved one may have myelofibrosis. This disease may be the reason why you or your loved one is disabled and unable to work.
If this is true, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may have applied for that financial help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by myelofibrosis. Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one is planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, consider this. You or your loved one will need the representation of a disability lawyer like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com because people who have a disability attorney representing them are approved more often than those without a lawyer.