Jun 1st, 2015

Can I qualify for Social Security disability benefits with a digestive disorder?

Fred London Law 0 Comments Uncategorized

Digestive disorders can be disruptive in many areas of your life including occupational and relational. Dealing with this type of illness can be extremely challenging not to mention excruciatingly painful. As such, there are some digestive disorders that qualify individuals for social security disability benefits.

Digestive disorders include all of those related to the digestive system; gastrointestinal bleeding, liver problems, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), short bowel syndrome, malnutrition and more. Other complications like gastrointestinal obstructions may also be qualified for SSDI.

Any application for disability benefits will require medical documentation supporting the diagnosis. This means doctor’s notes, clinical results as well as laboratory results. For digestive disorders, the most common diagnostic imaging results include colonoscopies, endoscopy results, and ultrasound, CAT scan as well as pathology findings. All of these results must be recent in relation to when you file for your disability benefits.

Digestive disorders can often be very responsive to either medical or surgical intervention. Given that, the Social Security Administration will take into consideration the severity of the illness, the illness’ response to treatment as well as symptom improvement. Side effects to treatment and their effect on functioning are also considered. To assess digestive disorders currently under treatment the SSA may request information about the type of treatment including dosage and frequency, the response to treatment, adverse effects of treatment as well as the expected length of treatment. Individuals who have not received treatment may have difficulty showing impairment that meets the requirements for disability benefits.

Digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBD), gastrointestinal hemorrhaging, and short bowel syndrome can cause serious issues with the process of fecal elimination. Chronic diarrhea, chronic anemia, and nutritional deficiencies are not abnormal in these types of illnesses.

Chronic liver diseases such as chronic hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, and ischemic hepatitis are also considered to be problems of the gastrointestinal system. These illnesses are characterized by fatigue, jaundice, nausea, and ascites. Illnesses of this nature are usually evaluated by laboratory tests such as liver enzymes and bilirubin as well as by imaging studies like ultrasounds and CAT scans.

The Social Security Administration evaluates illnesses based on their impact on your ability to participate in substantial gainful activity. For more information about digestive disorders and social security disability benefits check out the Social Security Disability website or contact our firm today.

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