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Can I get disability benefits for lymphedema?

Can I get disability benefits for lymphedema?  Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Although lymphedema tends to affect just one arm or leg, sometimes both arms or both legs may be swollen.

Lymphedema is caused by a blockage in your lymphatic system, an important part of your immune and circulatory systems. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining well, and as the fluid builds up, the swelling continues. It is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment.
Symptoms include: swelling of part or all of your leg(s) or arm(s), a feeling of tightness in your extremities; restricted range of motion of the effected extremity; pain in the affected limb; recurrent infections of the body part and a thickening of the skin of the affected area.

The swelling ranges from mild, hardly noticeable changes in the size of your arm or leg to extreme swelling that can make it impossible to use the affected limb; severely limiting a person’s ability to engage in full time work.

While the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments does not include lymphedema, this does not mean that your condition can not be found to have “met” another similar listing-such as chronic venous insufficiency, but even if you do not “meet or equal” this listing, you may still be entitled to disability benefits if your condition, in conjunction with any other physical or mental impairment, prevents you from returning to work you have done in the past and other substantial work you might be qualified to perform given your age, education and acquired work skills.

If you or a loved one lives in Alabama, you are suffering from the effects of Lymphedema and you believe you are disabled as the result and are entitled to Social Security Disability or SSI benefits, you do not have to take on the Social Security Administration alone. Please feel free to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Disability Attorneys at Powell and Denny today for a free consultation.  Virtual appointments are available via Zoom to better protect you from the coronavirus pandemic.

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