If you suffer from Celiac disease, it may be possible to get disability benefits. Your ability to get benefits is based on how your condition negatively impacts your ability to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will sometimes consider awarding benefits to those who have been unable to work for more than a year due to Celiac disease. However, getting and maintaining benefits can be difficult since going on a diet free of gluten will eliminate the symptoms of the disease—thus removing the disabling aspects of the disease.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac is an autoimmune disease characterized by an intolerance to gluten. When people with the disease eat foods containing gluten—like pasta and breads made from wheat—their immune systems attack the lining of the intestines. The attack leads to inflammation and a range of unpleasant symptoms which can include:
- Joint pain
- Weight loss
- Numb extremities
Doctors typically diagnose the disease through blood testing or by taking a sample of the patient’s intestine. If they determine you have the disease, they will prescribe you a gluten-free diet—which should resolve the symptoms over time.
How do You Get Benefits for Celiac?
Benefits for disabilities are often based on how those disabilities impact your ability to work and earn an income. In the case of Celiac, the SSA will want you to demonstrate that your symptoms have made it where you cannot work. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get benefits for this disease because a diagnosis usually leads to successful treatment. The disease responds well to a gluten-free diet, which lessens or eliminates symptoms and makes it possible to work again.
The easiest way to determine if your Celiac qualifies you for benefits is to speak to an SSDI attorney.