Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs. The condition occurs when there are abnormal growths composed of tissue in a specific organ, in this case in the lungs, which will alter the structure or the function of the organ. The tissue growth is actually a mass of inflamed tissues that group together and is called granulomas.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of Sarcoidosis can greatly vary from one individual to the other and will depend on the organ that’s affected. Now in most cases, patients will complain of a persistent dry cough, tiredness, and difficulty in breathing. However, there are still additional symptoms and these are:
- In skin, tender reddish bumps or patches will appear
- Blurred vision accompanied by red and teary eyes is common
- The joints will be swollen and painful
- The lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin will be enlarged and tender to the touch
- The lymph glands in the chest and around the lungs are also enlarged
- The voice becomes hoarse
- The formation of a cyst in the bony areas in the body such as the hands and feet will cause pain
- There is the formation of stone in the kidneys
- There is hepatic or liver enlargement
- Heart failure, pericarditis, and inflammation in the covering of the heart and arrhythmias are developed if you have sarcoidosis
- Hearing loss, meningitis, and seizures are common effects if the affected organs are in the nervous system.
- The development of psychiatric disorders such as dementia, depression, and psychosis is also common
In some individuals, the symptoms can start suddenly and severely and will decrease or subside in a short period of time. Some individuals may not show any symptoms, even though their organs are badly affected. Still, others will have symptoms that develop slowly but last for a long time.
There is no known cause of Sarcoidosis, however, some experts believe that it is an autoimmune disorder but there is no certainty to this theory.
If you think you are suffering from Sarcoidosis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Sarcoidosis 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).