Thalassemia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. This means that the disorder is passed down from parents to children through genes.
Thalassemia causes your body to make less healthy red blood cells and hemoglobin than your body needs. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that is in your red blood cells. It is the substance that allows your red blood cells to carry oxygen to all parts of your body.
Normal hemoglobin is also called hemoglobin A. It has four protein chains. Two are alpha globin, and two are beta globin. There are two major types of thalassemia. They are alpha and beta thalassemia, so named after defects in these protein chains.
In order for enough alpha globin protein chains to be made, four genes are required. Alpha thalassemia happens when one or two of the four genes are not present. Moderate to severe thalassemia is a result of more than two of the genes not being present.
An adequate number of beta protein chains require two genes, one from each of your parents. Beta thalassemia is a result of one or both genes being altered.
Thalassemia is also known by other names. It is also called Mediterranean anemia and Cooleys anemia.
Thalassemia affects both men and women. It is most prevalent in people of Greek, Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern and African descent.
Fortunately, thalassemia is a rare disease. This means that it affects less than 200,000 people in the United States.
If you have a mild type of thalassemia, you may not have any signs or symptoms. The signs and symptoms that you experience will depend on the severity and type of thalassemia that you have. Some of these symptoms are:
Weakness and/or fatigue
Jaundice (yellow discoloration of your skin)
Shortness of breath
Deformities in your facial bones
Swelling of your liver and spleen.
Thalassemia and/or conditions along with or that have resulted from it may have reached a point where you or a loved one is unable to work. Thalassemia may be the cause of your disability.
If this is true, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial assistance.
Have you or your loved one applied for financial help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by thalassemia and/or conditions resulting from or along with it? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you or your loved one is planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, remember this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at disabilitycasereview.com are approved more often than those people who are without a lawyer.