If you are concerned about your breathing or the health and wellbeing of a family member or friend, read our mesothelioma symptoms guide for detailed information on the warning signs you should look out for as well as the main causes of the respiratory condition.
Common warning signs
People can often think that they have asbestosis when in fact they are sadly suffering from mesothelioma. Both health conditions can take years and even decades to develop after the initial exposure, and also impact on the breathing and general respiratory system of the sufferer.
The most common mesothelioma symptoms to keep an eye out for include:
Pleural Effusion: This is where a build up of fluid makes it difficult for the lung to expand. This can lead to impaired breathing and chest pain, which can subsequently result in diminished breathing sounds and movement of the chest on the affected side.
Dyspnoea: Also known as ‘air hunger’, this can be particularly alarming and stressful for sufferers. Pleural effusion is the most common cause of this problem, as breathing can become difficult and laboured, which can result in great discomfort and anxiety.
Dry cough or wheezing: A persistent hoarse cough accompanied by wheezing is a common side effect of pleural effusion and having an accumulation of fluid around the lungs. The cough will typically not be accompanied by any phlegm and seem unproductive to the sufferer.
Fatigue and tiredness: The restricted lung function and laboured breathing can leave the sufferer fatigued and tired following any physical exertion.
Abdominal pain: This is the first symptom that people with peritoneal mesothelioma often suffer from. Enlargement and tenderness of the abdomen can then follow, with fluid build-up occurring later on in the illness. This can cause loss of appetite and subsequently lead to weight loss.
People with mesothelioma can often be uncertain of the severity of their illness at first due to the seemingly unserious symptoms present in the early stages. If you, a family member or friend are suffering from any of the above signs, we recommend that you seek medical advice straight away.
Main mesothelioma causes
Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, and the condition will typically develop many years after a person has inhaled or ingested the microscopic fibres.
Someone with mesothelioma will either have knowingly or unknowingly worked with asbestos, been in contact with a family member who worked with the fibres or lived close to an asbestos factory. Regardless of the cause, they are often legally entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering, medical treatment and financial setbacks caused by the condition.
Legal advice and support from Roberts Jackson
Whether you are suffering from mesothelioma symptoms or are concerned about the health of a loved one, contact us on 0800 001 4496 for a free initial consultation.
Our mesothelioma solicitors have a full understanding of the condition and the impact it can have on a life, while also having plenty of experience in handling mesothelioma claims. This knowledge means that we can be relied up to provide you with the advice and support you need.