Social Security Disability: Digestive (IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease etc.)

January 23, 2017

 

Digestive disorders seem to be a growing issue for many people applying for Social Security Disability.  Some impairments that Social Security discusses falling into the category of "digestive" include "gastrointestinal hemorrhage, hepatic (liver) dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, and malnutrition."  By far the most common illnesses I see within this grouping are inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowl syndrome.

 

As a Disability lawyer, something I often hear clients with digestive issues say is how embarrassed they are by their illness and really don't want to talk about it.  Trust me, you have nothing to be embarrassed about.  Digestive issues are very common, especially within the world of Social Security Disability.  A recurring symptom I see in these clients is incontinence.  Some questions Social Security would likely want to know when considering your Disability application would be:

  • How often?

  • How many times per day?

  • Does anything help prevent it?

  • Have you noticed anything that causes it?

Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, along with many other digestive illnesses, are serious problems people deal with on a daily basis.  Social Security Disability can be an option for people dealing with severe symptoms that go along with these illnesses.  If you feel you are unable to work because of your own symptoms and are interested in talking to a Social Security Disability attorney, I would encourage you to call my office for a free consultation.

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