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Knowing the Signs of Pleural Mesothelioma

mesothelioma symptomsIf you have a history of exposure to asbestos, it is very important that you make sure you are familiar with the warning signs of pleural mesothelioma. This rare and deadly form of cancer is extremely difficult to treat, and getting it diagnosed quickly is the most effective way to ensure that you give yourself the best prognosis. Far too many mesothelioma patients find that their treatment is delayed by their physician’s inability to identify what is wrong with them. If you worked in an asbestos-contaminated setting, lived near an asbestos plant or had a family member who worked with asbestos, your first step should always be to make sure that your physician is aware of your asbestos exposure history. Armed with that information, they will look more carefully at any symptoms that you display that might possibly be mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.

There are several symptoms that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases share with more common and less concerning conditions. It is easy to mistake many of these with the flu, with pneumonia or bronchitis, or even with the common cold. If you experience any of these symptoms and do not get better within a few days, immediately reach out to your physician and tell them your concerns:

  • Chest Pain – Chest pain is often the first indication that pleural mesothelioma is present. This pain is caused by the tumors, which may have been present in the chest for years, finally becoming large enough that they cause pressure on the ribs and internal organs.
  • Shortness of Breath – This is usually caused by a buildup of fluid within the lungs. When your lungs are irritated by the presence of an infection or foreign body, liquid is sent to the space between the chest cavity and the lungs to try to heal them.
  • Inability to Take a Deep Breath – As the mesothelioma tumors grow in your lungs, it becomes much more difficult to fully expand them with air.
  • Unproductive Cough and Wheezing – Making a high-pitched whistling sound when you breath and a dry cough are often early signs of pleural mesothelioma.
  • Body Aches – Though it is true that aches and pains are a normal part of growing older, they can also be an indication that something is wrong, and often accompany the other symptoms. Fever is also a concern.

If you experience any of these symptoms, alert your physician immediately, and if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, make sure that you know your legal rights. For immediate, compassionate assistance, contact Danziger & De Llano Legal Advocates today at 1-800-692-8608 or visit our website https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-attorneys/ for comprehensive mesothelioma information.

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