Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos . However, a patient may not exhibit mesothelioma symptoms until as long as 50 years after asbestos exposure – when the disease has significantly progressed. The symptoms of mesothelioma vary from individual to individual, and also vary across the different types of the disease.
Mesothelioma Symptoms: Pleural Mesothelioma
Patients with pleural mesothelioma may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the chest, abdomen, shoulder, arm or lower back
- A buildup of excess fluid in the pleural space (pleural effusion)
- Trouble swallowing
- Night sweats and fever
- Weight loss
Other pleural mesothelioma symptoms include muscle weakness, fatigue, hoarseness, coughing up blood, and swelling of the face and arms.
Mesothelioma Symptoms: Peritoneal Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma of the peritoneal type include:
Other peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms may include abdominal mass, bowel obstruction with blockage in the large or small intestine, breathing difficulties, and swelling of the feet.
Mesothelioma Symptoms: Pericardial Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma of the pericardial type are caused by a growing tumor in the lining of the heart. As the tumor grows, it expands the surrounding tissue and causes a buildup of excess fluid that puts pressure on the heart and nearby organs. Symptoms of this mesothelioma type include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Exhaustion after light physical activity
- Low blood pressure and fainting
- Heart palpitations
- Fluid retention in the legs
In its early stages, symptoms of mesothelioma can mimic less serious disorders or the ailments of old age. This is why so many people ignore mesothelioma symptoms or mistake them for common medical conditions.
When it comes to asbestos-related disease, early detection gives patients more treatment options and typically a better overall prognosis. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, even briefly, tell your doctor about your exposure and have regular check-ups even if you show no outright symptoms of mesothelioma.
Know Your Legal Rights
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to a mesothelioma settlement. Call Sokolove Law at 888-360-4215 today to learn more about your legal rights.