Social Security Disability for Swelling and Lymphedema

You’ve started to notice that your legs swell up almost every day. It is so uncomfortable that you can’t work more than an hour or two at a time. You try compression stockings, salt baths, and ice – but nothing makes the swelling go away. Scared, you go straight to the doctor, who diagnoses you with lymphedema. How can you possibly work like this? Do you have a chance of receiving Social Security Disability benefits for lymphedema?

First, what exactly is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when there’s a blockage in your lymphatic system. The blockage keeps your lymph fluid from draining properly, which in turn causes build up and swelling of your tissues. It commonly affects a person’s arms and legs.

What causes lymphedema?

There are a number of possible causes:

  • Milroy’s disease
  • Meige’s disease
  • Removal of lymph nodes
  • Lymph node infection
  • Turner syndrome

How is lymphedema treated?

Treating lymphedema primarily focuses on reducing the swelling and controlling discomfort. If you suffer from lymphedema, your doctor will likely prescribe you light exercises, massage, bandaging, laser therapy, and compression stockings/sleeves. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Lymphedema

The Social Security Administration considers lymphedema as a cardiovascular condition. This is likely because lymphedema causes swelling. If your swelling limits your functional abilities, you may receive disability benefits. An experienced Richmond Disability Lawyer can help you build your case and get the benefits you deserve.

If you are hurt or sick, and unable to work, contact Disability Lawyer Corey Pollard and the firm of Jenkins Block at or 804-788-4311 for a free case evaluation. Disability Attorney Corey Pollard represents disabled individuals across Virginia, including Richmond, Mechanicsville, Crewe, Dinwiddie, Newport News, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach.