Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

Disability Benefit and Tax Credit for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

 

Introduction

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasiais the enlargement of the prostate gland. It is only specific to men and mostly start occuring at age 30. Upon reaching the age of fifty and beyond, fifty percent of men worldwide, have a high risk of developing BPH and 75% risk upon reaching the age of eighty.Men affected by BPH may be hassledby difficulty in urinating and may even have interrupted sleep at night because of this discomfort. In worst cases of BPH, a man may be unable to urinate at all because the enlarged prostate gland is putting pressure on the urethra, thus requiring prompt medical attention; otherwise, further damage could result in urinary tract infection, or worse, kidney injury. Having BPH is a growing concern among aging men and proper medical management is crucial to prevent complications such as irreversible kidney failure.

If you or somebody close to you is experiencing painful and gruelling impairment in ability to urinatenormally and is emotionally burdened because of the financial constraints and physical exhaustion brought about by BPH, you are a potential candidate for Canada’s Disability Tax credit and other benefits available.

 

Causes

Obesity has been linked as a risk factor for the development of BPH as well as lack of exercise, sedentary lifestyle and advancing age in men has been noted to augmentthe risks of getting BPH.

 

Symptoms

Men with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia mostly exhibit problems with urinating. Dilemmawith taking a leak is one of the most common presenting symptoms. Patients would complain about a feeling of incomplete urination as well as urinary incontinence, inability to control urination causing dribbling of urine. Furthermore, insomnia is often reported by patients due to waking up in the middle of the night because of the urgency to urinate. Pooling of urine in the bladder may cause seconday bacterial, precipitating a kidney infection and/or urinary tract infection. Habitualinability or difficulty to pass urinein due course may complicate into renal failure, shutting down kidneys which may substantiatea seriously fatal medical problem.

 

Treatment

  • Drinking less fluids before going to bed is recommended to avoid insomnia from frequently waking up at night.
  • Consumption of alcohol and products containing caffeine should be moderated.
  • Submit to a diagnostic annual digital rectal exam, where the size of the prostate gland is determined by the physician by the insertion of gloved fingers through the anus.
  • Variousdiagnostic procedures are also recommended to rule out prostate cancer in patients with BPH. Ultrasound is,more often than not,carried outto precisely measure the dimensionsof the prostate gland.
  • Various medications such as finasteride and dutasteride are prescribed to help shrink the size of the prostate gland without having to decide ona surgical approach. Surgery is considered only when conservative medical treatment fails to alleviate symptoms.
  • The appropriate surgical intervention for an uncontrolled BPH is Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP) where a part of the prostate gland is removed through the urethra using an endoscope. TURP is considered the gold standard of prostate management.

 

Disability Tax Credits for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

If you suffer from BPH, you may qualify for a disability tax certificate under the elimination section. To help you with this, you need to consult your doctor for certification. And to better facilitate this task, call the HandyTax hotline to talk to a representative. You never know, a tax refund might be in store for you from the Canadian Revenue Agency.