Mesothelioma Symptoms

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is devastating. You may feel a sense of hopelessness or that your life will never be the same. While this is normal, these feelings are not easy to deal with, which is exactly why some people are afraid to see a doctor when symptoms begin.

Whether or not you have a history of asbestos exposure, it is in your best interests to see your doctor as soon as possible after you notice the first symptoms. Mesothelioma takes years or decades to develop, but once the symptoms begin, acting fast will give you the best chance at recovery.

Misdiagnosis of Mesothelioma Symptoms

Getting a late diagnosis of mesothelioma may not be your fault. Even if you go to the doctor when symptoms first appear, you may not be diagnosed with mesothelioma that same day. The initial symptoms can be very subtle and are often mistaken as signs of another ailment.

One way to avoid a misdiagnosis is to let your doctor know right away if you have had any past exposure to asbestos or if you have been involved in any type of job or situation where exposure to asbestos may have occurred. If you are certain that you were exposed to asbestos, you may want to skip the trip to your primary physician and go straight to a mesothelioma specialist.

Initial Mesothelioma Symptoms

The initial symptoms will vary depending on which type of mesothelioma you have. If you have mesothelioma in your chest, it is likely pleural mesothelioma. If you have pleural mesothelioma, here are some of the symptoms you may experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain on one side of your chest

You may also experience one or more other symptoms, but these are less common for people with pleural mesothelioma: weakness, swelling in the extremities, hoarseness and coughing up blood.

When mesothelioma occurs in your abdomen, it is called peritoneal mesothelioma. The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are much different from pleural mesothelioma and can include any or all of the following:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Hernia
  • Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen

Detailed Mesothelioma Symptoms

As mesothelioma progresses, the initial symptoms may become worse, and new symptoms may appear. A detailed list of all the possible symptoms you may experience if you have mesothelioma follows below, but it is important to remember that you will probably not experience every one of them. The specific symptoms you experience will vary from others who have mesothelioma.

Anemia – Anemia occurs when your red blood cell count or the amount of hemoglobin in your blood drops. It can cause fatigue and may lead to problems with your bone marrow.

Loss of Blood Clotting – Your blood may partially lose its ability to clot. This occurs because the tumor is obstructing blood flow and is more common if you have peritoneal mesothelioma.

Bowel Obstruction – This is another common symptom of peritoneal mesothelioma. Your bowels may become obstructed either from the tumor or from a buildup of fluid.

Chest Pain – If you experience chest pain, it could be a sign of pleural mesothelioma. The pain is caused by cancerous cells affecting the sensitive nerve endings in the chest.

It is imperative that you contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to assess your situation and prospective claim for compensation, and we encourage you to contact the offices of Goldberg & Osborne today. Simply call 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or fill out our online case form for your free, no obligation evaluation. We work at no cost until we win your case!


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