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What To Do If You Have Mesothelioma Symptoms

Dec 25, 2007
"Mesothelioma" is a scary word, and rightfully so-it represents a scary, albeit rare, disease in which the mesothelium, the membrane that lines many of the body's internal cavities, becomes infected with cancer cells.

Mesothelioma, which is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos, is also considered a very rare unique form of cancer, because mesothelioma symptoms often don't show up until decades after the victim was first exposed to asbestos sometimes up to 50 years later!

If you have been previously exposed to asbestos, most likely through your workplace, you may be concerned about mesothelioma symptoms. Some of the telltale symptoms of mesothelioma, coupled with asbestos exposure, include breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, chest pain and discomfort, abdominal pain and discomfort, difficulty swallowing, fever, persistent cough, fluid in the lungs, loss of appetite and weight, trouble sleeping, and overall fatigue.

Are you experiencing any of these mesothelioma symptoms? If so, and if you've also experienced asbestos exposure, you're probably wondering what you should do.

See your doctor first. Even though many of these mesothelioma symptoms may seem run-of-the-mill or may mimic of the symptoms of other conditions that don't seem too serious, it's very important to talk to your doctor or health-care practitioner especially if you also have been exposed to asbestos, even if it was years and years ago.

If you are given a positive mesothelioma diagnosis, you needn't immediately despair. Although mesothelioma that is diagnosed so long after the asbestos exposure which happens a lot, simply because of the time it takes for mesothelioma symptoms to appear - this doesn't necessarily mean you're a goner. While there's no "cure" for mesothelioma, there are treatment options, and everybody's body handles mesothelioma differently.

But even if your doctor admits that your prognosis isn't great, there is still a small light at the end of the tunnel. There is a good chance that you contacted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos, not by choice, in a previous work environment.

This means that you could potentially qualify for an asbestos lawsuit claim, which could grant you a hefty sum in compensation for your needless suffering, medical bills, treatment, and to ensure your family's future financial security.

After seeing your doctor, the next thing you need to do if you have mesothelioma symptoms is to contact a mesothelioma lawyer who will help you determine your legal options and if you have a lawsuit claim on your hands. Not just any lawyer will do, however; you need a professional, trained, and experienced mesothelioma lawyer to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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