Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes the body to produce red blood cells that have an abnormal “sickle” shape. Sickle cell includes a number of long-term complications, but patients experience intensely painful short-term episodes. People with sickle cell require long-term management of their condition and short-term treatment for crises.
Approximately 1 in 5000 Americans has sickle cell disease, most of them of Sub-Saharan African descent. The rate among Americans of African descent is around 1 in 500. The abnormal shape of the “sickle” blood cells causes patients to have lifelong anemia, sometimes requiring oxygen supplementation. People with sickle cell experience extremely painful episodes caused by restricted blood flow to organs, spleen death, and complications from anemia.
When these episodes happen, patients experience intense, disabling pain and must be able to self-administer pain relief. When their anemia worsens, they may require blood transfusions to relieve weakness and oxygen supplementation to prevent fainting.
Children with sickle cell may experience intense spleen damage and should take supplemental folic acid and antibiotics daily for their first several years to prevent serious infections. Long-term treatment for sickle cell includes medication for pain management, daily folic acid supplements, and treatment with hydroxyurea.
If you suffer from sickle cell disease, seeking assistance from Social Security can help you afford the treatment you need to live a healthy, happy life. With the help of the knowledgeable Indianapolis Social Security lawyers, you can make sure you receive the benefits you deserve to treat your condition. To discuss your case, contact the Hankey Law Office today at 317-634-8565.