Cystic fibrosis is a medical condition that affects the lungs and digestive system. The condition occurs when there is too much production or secretion of mucus in these organs that will cause a blockage. When there is blockage it will cause difficulty in breathing and digestion. Since it is a progressive disease, over time the lungs will become increasingly damaged which will eventually stop working.
The cells in the body that produce sweat, mucus and digestive fluids are caused by cystic fibrosis to become thick and glue-like. This will block the tubes and ducts throughout the body. Normally this body fluid will keep all the system in the body to run smoothly, but once cystic fibrosis comes in, it will cause abnormalities of the functions of the organs.
Though treatments are available, cystic fibrosis is incurable. The treatments are used to prolonged life and manage symptoms of the disease. As with any disease, cystic fibrosis will lead to many common complications such as infections. However, with proper self-care and assistance of a medical professional, the complications can be managed.
Since this condition is inherited, most symptoms will appear in early childhood, though there are cases that show the symptoms can appear after delivery. However, there are also instances that symptoms can appear in adulthood. The symptoms will vary from one person to the other. The symptoms include:
- A cough that is wet-sounding
- Diarrhea is common
- Difficulty in breathing including wheezing sound and shortness of breath
- Chest infections can be recurring
Cystic fibrosis can also lead to many complications and among its common related conditions is diabetes, weak bones that will lead to osteoporosis and liver problems and the following problems:
- Sinusitis or inflammation of the sinus
- Growth of nasal polyps
- Infertility and it’s more common in men with CF
- Liver problems with the main problem of bile ducts being blocked by mucus
- Stress incontinence or leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
Cystic fibrosis is inherited. It is not contagious. The disorder is caused by gene mutation. The gene is called Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator or (CFTR). It controls the fluids and salt flow in the cells of our bodies. If this gene is not working as it should, it will cause the production of excess mucus in the body.
If you think you are suffering from Cystic Fibrosis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Cystic Fibrosis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).