March was National Kidney Month and March 14 was World Kidney Day, both of which exist to raise awareness of kidney disease. At least 26 million Americans have kidney disease and many don't even know it because symptoms are not obvious until disease has progressed.
The kidneys are hard-working organs, filtering the blood of impurities and creating urine to eliminate those impurities. As a result of this basic function, kidneys help keep electrolyte levels stable, make hormones that regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and help bones stay strong.
Individuals with kidney disease may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they have paid into the system and meet the criteria for disability established by the SSA. Qualifications include:
- Needing regular dialysis
- Receiving a kidney transplant
- Clinical evidence of reduced filtration and symptoms of kidney damage
- Other serious complications of kidney disease
Symptoms of kidney disease include
- Fatigue, less energy and trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Dry and itchy skin
- Frequent urination
- Blood in the urine
- Foamy urine
- Puffiness around the eyes
- Poor appetite
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Muscle cramps
Of course, any of these symptoms can be signs of other conditions and illnesses and having these symptoms, either singly or together, does not necessarily mean that you have kidney disease. However, it is something to check out. A very easy urine test can provide evidence that indicates whether you should investigate further.
If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease and can no longer work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. To get help with your application or appeal for benefits, you should do what many thousands of others have done: Call Binder & Binder®, America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates. Tell them your story and learn how they can help.