Sickle cell anemia is an inherited condition that can cause a number of complications. A person who suffers from sickle cell anemia has red blood cells that are sickle- shaped rather than the standard round -shaped cells. The cells are also much more likely to die early, causing a chronic shortage of red blood cells in the body. Also, the sickle- shaped cells are sticky and may become clogged when they pass through the small blood vessels. This can give rise to complications such as pneumonia and stroke. A person who suffers from sickle cell anemia could also suffer from joint problems, nervous system, and brain impairments.
Treatment options for sickle cell anemia are limited. Bone marrow transplants may be recommended. Having a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia alone will not qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. You must be able to provide evidence that the condition makes it difficult for you to work at your job, or any other job. If your sickle cell anemia symptoms have caused you to become hospitalised several times recently or if they have caused you to require numerous intravenous medications, then you may have a better chance at a successful claim. If your condition requires you to have regular transfusions of red blood cells or the symptoms cause your hemoglobin levels to drop below 7 g/dl, consult an attorney about your eligibility for disability benefits as you may meet a medical listing which authorizes approval of benefits.