What to Watch Out For: The Warning Signs of Mesothelioma

April 25, 2014

The key to identifying how severe an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma may be is to recognize the symptoms as early as possible. The earlier this disease is detected, the more options your doctor will have in regards to how to best treat it.

There are three different types of mesothelioma:

  • Pleural mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lungs and chest wall.
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma, affecting the abdomen.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma, affecting the sac that surrounds the heart.

In many instances, mesothelioma symptoms do not manifest until decades after exposure to asbestos. What may seem like relatively minor aches and pains can actually be asbestos poisoning – many people go for months suffering these symptoms before ever being checked. By the time a diagnosis is performed, pleural mesothelioma may have progressed to an advanced stage.

Many forms of mesothelioma  have symptoms similar to more common respiratory ailments. These include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Rust-colored or bloody phlegm or spit
  • Shortness of breath or other breathing difficulties
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Lower back and chest pain, particularly when coughing, laughing or breathing deeply.

Because these symptoms can mask those of other ailments, timely diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma can be very difficult. That’s why it is so important that you see a doctor if you were exposed to asbestos and you experience any of the above.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Typically, the symptoms of this disease result from the abdomen filling with fluid and then putting pressure on nearby organs. Some of these symptoms often include:

  • Fever
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Unexplained increase in abdominal girth
  • A high count of white blood cells
  • Disturbances in the digestive tract

Pericardial Mesothelioma

This is a rare form of mesothelioma, with symptoms similar to that of pleural mesothelioma. However, symptoms may also include:

  • Retention of fluid
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations

Again, it is very important that you see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms listed and you were previously exposed to asbestos. Whether you were a worker who was exposed or the spouse or child of a worker, you could be at risk.

It is extremely important that you contact a mesothelioma lawyer immediately if you or someone close to you is diagnosed with a form of this terrible disease. At Baron and Budd, our mesothelioma law firm has helped those exposed to asbestos for more than 35 years. To learn more about mesothelioma lawsuits, contact us here or call us at (866) 538-0485.