Thursday, September 20, 2007

Endometriosis Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability

The following links lead to pages that provide answers to some fairly basic issues and questions regarding social security disability and SSI, including how the social security administration renders decisions on claims, should a denial be appealed if one's condition is improving, how to file an application for benefits, the number of cases that get denied, and the probability of winning benefits.

1. How does Social Security decide Disability cases?
2. Should you appeal a disability denial if your condition is improving ?
3. Social Security Disability and SSI back pay : contacting your congressman to speed it up
4. Can I win my disability case ?
5. How many Social Security Disability and SSI cases get denied?
6. SSI Application for Disability Benefits

What follows is basic information on endometriosis:

Endometriosis affects over eighty million women worldwide, who are between the ages of thirty and forty and never been pregnant. It has been estimated that five to twenty percent of all women of childbearing age are affected with endometriosis, and that thirty or forty percent of those women are infertile.

What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition in which the cells of the endometrium (lining of the uterus) are on or in other body areas outside the uterus. What is the problem with this? The endometrium detaches and sheds its cells one a month during menstruation, and this holds true for the endometrial cells that are located outside the uterus. However there is no place for the blood and tissue from these misplaced cells to go.

Consequently, there may be internal bleeding, pain, scar tissue, and inflammation in the areas where the endometrium cells are located. Endometrial cells may be found on or in bowels, bladder, small intestines, outside the uterus, or other areas of the pelvic cavity. Endometriosis can even be located in the vagina, eyes, lungs and brain.

Symptoms of endometriosis might include pelvic pain, painful sex, nausea, vomiting, infertility, painful menstrual cramps, excessive menstrual bleeding, painful urination or bowel movement.

There is no cure for endometriosis and treatment options depend upon age and childbearing desires. Endometriosis may be treated with medication to relieve pain and inflammation, as well as hormone therapy or steroid based treatment to prevent menstruation (thus preventing the detachment and shedding of endometrium cells).

In addition to drug therapies there are surgical options that include laparoscopy (involves scissors, lasers, and cautery to restore normal anatomy), hysterectomy with or without the removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries, and laparotomy (more extensive surgical procedure to at least protect the ability to conceive children).

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