Vasculitis refers to the inflammation of the blood vessel walls. It can affect any type of blood vessels from different organs leading to a spectrum of different signs and symptoms. Also called the vascular system, the blood vessels of the body are compromised of arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood to the tissues of the body and veins that return oxygen-depleted blood to the lungs for oxygen.
Vasculitis is derived from the Latin word, “vasculum” which means vessel and “it is” which means inflammation. Angiitis is another term for vasculitis.
The signs and symptoms of vasculitis will depend on the severity of the case the affected organ of the body.
The following are some examples of vasculitis. These are:
- Behcet’s disease
- Polyarteritis nodosa – the inflammation affects the digestive tract, the kidneys, the nerves and the skin. Furthermore, this form of vasculitis is associated with hepatitis B infections.
- Wegener’s granulomatosis- this type affects the blood vessels in your nose, throat, sinuses, lungs, and kidneys. Nasal stiffness, infection in the sinus and nosebleeds are some of its signs.
- Takayasu’s arteritis – this form affects the larger arteries in the body, including the aorta.
- Churg-Strauss syndrome – this type of vasculitis is very rare. It affects the kidneys, lungs, and nerve in your limbs.
- Henoch-Schonlein purpura – the inflammation occurs in the smallest blood vessels or capillaries in the skin, joints, bowel, and kidneys.
Again, the signs and symptoms of vasculitis will depend on the severity of the case as well as the organ affected. Additionally, it varies from one person to the other. The following are general signs and symptoms of vasculitis and it includes:
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Nerve problems
- Loss of a pulse on a limb
- Numbness or weakness
If you think you are suffering from Systemic Vasculitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Systemic Vasculitis 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).