It's worrisome to see blood in your urine. Blood in the urine (hematuria) can signal a serious problem in many cases.
You may notice a red colored urine if you take certain medications or eat specific foods like beets, rhubarb, or berries. However, a change in urine colour may be induced by medicines, food, or exercise may disappear after a few days. Although, you might not notice if your urine contains blood or is caused a reddish appearance due to medications, food or certain infections, it is important to get diagnosed by a doctor.
What is Hematuria?
Due to the presence of red blood cells, gross hematuria causes urine to be pink, red, or cola-colored. It takes very little blood to make red urine, and the bleeding is usually painless. However, passing blood clots in your urine might be a painful experience.
If the blood in your urine can be seen from naked eye it is called as 'gross hematuria'. If it is not seen by naked eye but visible only under a microscope, it is known as 'microscopic hematuria'. Both types could be caused due to different underlying conditions, each having its own degree of severity. Some of those conditions may be listed in the Social Security Administration's Blue Book of Impairments, hence making those applicant's automatically eligible for SSDI benefits.
How to get SSDI benefits for Hematuria?
You may experience bloodied urine due to various underlying reasons. However, hematuria may seriously impact your ability to perform daily functional activities due to some serious conditions. Some impairments leading to Hematuria may include the following, but not all may be eligible for SSDI benefits.
- - Urinary Tract Infections
- - Kidney disease (pyelonephritis)
- - Bladder infection
- - Bladder or kidney stone
- - Enlarged prostate glands in males
- - Cancers
- - Hereditary disorders
- - Injury to kidney (proteinuria; this may be checked by a urine dipstick and sulfosalicyclic acid test, SSA by your disability examiner assigned doctor)
- - Strenuous exercise
- - Medications such as aspirin, blood thinners, etc
**Note that since Hematuria is not a disease but only a symptom of a potentially serious underlying condition, you will have to prove to the SSA that your impairment is 'severe' enough to prevent you from earning under substantial gainful activity (SGA) to get disability benefits.
Your Hematuria may cause painful and debilitating complications that prevent you from working and earning an income.
Your disability examiner may require certain tests to analyze the degree of your Hematuria. These may include urine dipsticks, SSA tests, or physical examination imaging tests such as MRI, CT scans, blood work urine tests, Cystoscopy (a tiny camera attached on a narrow tube entered into your bladder).
If your test results are not sufficient, your disability examiner may also request for a full residual functional capacity (RFC) test to analyze the extent to which your Hematuria prevents you from performing daily functioning. If you meet the required threshold, you may be then eligible for disability benefits.
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