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Are your symptoms related to asbestos on the job?

You may be surprised to learn that a health hazard you were exposed to 10 – 40 years ago may have only recently begun to present symptoms. If you have ever worked in a Pittsburgh steel mill, one of the city's old school or library buildings or lived in an area near such structures, your symptoms may be signs that you have suffered an asbestos injury.  

Thousands of workers and others have been unknowingly exposed to microscopic particles found in certain building materials and other products, especially in shipyards, factories, mills and other industries. If you fall under one of those categories and have not been feeling well for some time, you'll definitely want to research asbestos-related illnesses and also learn more about the type of support available to help those who suffer from such diseases.  

Symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention 

Especially if you are age 40 or beyond, you may not feel as spry as you did when you were 20. Slowing down with age is a natural part of life although there's no reason you can't remain healthy and active if you have not suffered serious injury or disease. If you don't feel healthy and one or more of the following symptoms apply, you may want to seek a medical examination: 

  • A cough that doesn't go away
  • Discomfort when you breathe
  • Chest pain or a feeling of tightness in your chest cavity
  • Fingertips or fingernails that don't look right
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of appetite or unexplained weight loss
  • Constant fatigue 

If you inhaled asbestos fibers on the job, they may have become lodged in your lungs and festered there for years, causing you to suffer from asbestosis, mesothelioma or other pleural illness. Many such diseases are terminal and any care or treatment you might receive would be palliative, meaning that treatments may alleviate discomfort but won't eradicate the disease.  

Support is available 

Whether you are experiencing the adverse effects of asbestos exposure or are trying to provide care for a loved one who is ill, it can be nearly impossible to go it alone in such circumstances. The good news is that there are several helpful resources available.

Many doctors have experience treating patients who suffer asbestos-related illnesses. There are also legal advocates who have navigated the litigation system regarding employer negligence and on-the-job injury. Tapping into such resources can help you retain as high quality a life as possible while living with a terminal illness.

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