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Liver disease can have many causes, varying symptoms

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2015 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Illness

Every living person has a liver, and it plays a vital role keeping the person alive and healthy. The liver helps people digest their food and it filters the blood to get rid of toxic substances. When a person in Texas has a problem with their liver, they might not even know it at first because in many cases, the early stages of liver damage do not cause any recognizable symptoms. On the other hand, as they progress, liver problems can lead to other debilitating conditions.

When people think about liver disease, the first thing that may come to mind is alcohol abuse. However, it can be caused by other factors unrelated to alcohol consumption including genetics, viruses and toxic chemicals. Likewise, liver disease can affect people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

When a person is suffering from liver disease they may eventually experience symptoms including abdominal pain, chronic fatigue and nausea. A variety of other unpleasant symptoms can also occur due to the disease.

Because liver disease can be so life-threatening, and the eventual symptoms of it so crippling, it is among the many conditions that can allow a person to seek Social Security disability benefits. People who are suffering from liver disease should look into the requirements for applying for SSD benefits for illness. In addition, if the person has already tried to get benefits but gotten a denied claim from the Social Security Administration, they are not necessarily out of options for getting help.

Liver disease affects people from all walks of life in Houston and everywhere else in the country. Moreover, alcohol abuse is not the only cause of it. For example, liver cancer and fatty liver disease can arise in people who consume no alcohol. Given the severity of liver disease, and the effect that it can have on a person’s daily life, SSD benefits may be available.

Source: Mayo Clinic, “Liver disease,” Accessed on Nov. 18, 2015