Lymphedema cause swelling of the arms or legs because it occurs in the vessels in your lymphatic system which become blocked, from preventing the draining of the lymph fluid. Lymphedema is mainly caused by a condition or procedure that damaged your lymphatic system, for instance, cancer, radiation treatment for cancer or repeated infections, surgery on the lymph nodes, and includes parasitic infections. If you had your lymph nodes removed from the underarm area after having breast cancer is the most common cause of Lymphedema. Another kind of primary lymphedema is very rare and can be an inherited condition that is caused by under development of lymph vessels.
Lymphedema can cause very mild, and hardly noticeable swelling which can be very painful that can make it difficult or impossible to use your swollen limb.
Can I Qualify For Disability Benefits With Lymphedema?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a blue book with all of the listing of medical impairments that qualify you for disability benefits if you meet specified criteria. However, Lymphedema is not in the SSA Blue Book list of impairments, but it does not mean you cannot qualify for disability due to having Lymphedema. But there are three ways to qualify for disability benefits having a Lymphedema condition.
Disability Equal Listings
If you are filing a disability claim for Lymphedema maybe considered “medically equal” in the severity the Social Security Administration’s impairments, they could find you eligible for disability benefits. There are two or more common blue book listings that Lymphedema can be found medically equal to your condition below.
Major Dysfunction of the Joints
Even though Lymphedema happens in your lymphatic system, and not your joints, it can limited motion in the joints. Joint problems can cause trouble using your arms or legs, then your lymphedema could be found in the SSA Blue Book impairments listing for joint dysfunction.
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