Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that usually affects one or more organs in the body—most often the lungs. The inflammation causes a buildup of granular type nodules that appear like grains of sand or sugar. Approximately 10 to 40 in 100,000 people have sarcoidosis in the United States, but it’s a difficult disease to understand and diagnose because the symptoms can be vague, and it often can be mistaken for other illnesses.
Typically, sarcoidosis is not disabling, and most people with this disease lead normal lives—some cases appear briefly and then disappear. Approximately 20 to 30 percent of those with sarcoidosis have permanent lung damage, and in only about 10 to 15 percent of people is this disease chronic. If your sarcoidosis has become debilitating, you may be eligible for disability benefits from either the Social Security Administration (SSA), or if you’re a veteran, from The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Signs and Symptoms of Sarcoidosis
Symptoms of sarcoidosis can vary depending on the organs affected by the disease and how long a person suffers from the condition. Sarcoidosis can develop gradually, and a person can deal with symptoms that last for many years. Frequently, sarcoidosis causes mild symptoms that go away on their own. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis:
- A general feeling of discomfort, fatigue, and ill health
- Night sweats and a fever
- Problems sleeping
- Weight loss and decreased appetite
- Small, red bumps that appear on the arms, buttocks, or face
- Eyes that are watery and red
- Arthritis in various joints, including the elbows, ankles, hands, and wrists
If you are a veteran or a civilian who suffers from sarcoidosis, or if you have symptoms due to this disease that have left you debilitated or interfere with your ability to work, contact us at 402-933-5405. We’ll discuss your situation and determine if you might be eligible for Social Security or VA Disability benefits.