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  • Writer's pictureStephanie O. Joy, Esq.

Sickle Cell Disease - Recognized By The SSA As Resulting In Disabling Conditions

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

Note: This article/video is for general information only and is not legal advice to any particular reader or individual. For legal advice, you must specifically retain a lawyer who evaluates your specific situation.

Sickle Cell Disease causes very disabling symptoms. Thankfully, the Social Security Administration and the regulations promulgated in furtherance of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), recognizes this.

Symptoms generally start young, as early as 6 months old. Here are some of the majors:

  • Anemia

  • Episodes of significant pain - "pain crises"

  • Swelling of the extremities - hands and feet

  • Delayed growth or puberty

  • Vision problems

There are very emergent symptoms as well, requiring immediate care:

  • Severe headache

  • Sudden vision changes

  • One-sided paralysis or weakness - face, arms, legs

  • Confusion

  • Walking difficulty

  • Talking difficulty

  • Numbness

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