Stephanie O. Joy, Esq.
Sickle Cell Disease - Recognized By The SSA As Resulting In Disabling Conditions
Updated: Oct 19, 2022
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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. https://blog.ssa.gov/sickle-cell-disease-and-social-security/
Symptoms generally start young, as early as 6 months old. Here are some of the majors:
Episodes of significant pain - "pain crises"
Swelling of the extremities - hands and feet
Delayed growth or puberty
There are very emergent symptoms as well, requiring immediate care:
Sudden vision changes
One-sided paralysis or weakness - face, arms, legs
Learn more: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sickle-cell-anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355876
September IS Sickle Cell Awareness Month. https://www.sicklecelldisease.org/get-involved/events/national-sickle-cell-awareness-month/
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