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Cystic Fibrosis: Symptoms, Treatments, and Social Security

Children and adults suffering from Cystic Fibrosis in Florida have much to consider in a short period of time. Cystic Fibrosis is a grave genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive organs. Considered to be the most common and fatal inherited disease affecting Caucasians in America, it shortens the common lifespan to an estimated 37 years of age.

CF Symptoms of Digestive System

  • Salty tasting skin
  • Delayed growth
  • Constipation & swollen belly
  • Low appetite and nausea
  • Infertility in men
  • Pancreatitis

CF Symptoms of Lungs and Sinuses

  • Increased mucus
  • Coughing and congestion
  • Pneumonia
  • Polyps in nasal cavity
  • Respiratory problems

CF Treatment

Due to the severe nature of CF, early diagnosis is essential in the treatment of this disorder. Often, children are diagnosed by age 2, which often improves quality of life and survival rates. If possible, search for a CF clinic that specializes in enzyme therapy, special vaccines, oxygen therapy, nutritional counseling, and lung transplants.

CF and Social Security

If an adult diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis has worked and paid into the system, Social Security will award benefits based on age and number of years worked. If the individual has not worked, or is a child, Social Security may give benefits based on the family’s income.

It is important to hire a South Florida disability attorney that knows how to navigate you through a successful claim for Social Security benefits. You may be eligible to receive compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and living expenses as a result of this disabling condition.

Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation to determine if you have a case. Call 954-807-1334.

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