This post discusses Social Security Disability and Digestive Disorders. If you have been assessed with a digestive disorder that is preventing you from working, read on for how SSA will evaluate your claim for disability.

Digestive disorders encompass a wide array of conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. These digestive disorders vary in severity from the minor annoyance of mild heartburn to potentially life-threatening illnesses, such as a perforated ulcer. Via Johns Hopkins

Some of the most common digestive disorders are: Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), Achalasia (food does not move through the esophagus), Esophageal stricture (narrowing of the esophagus), GERD (stomach acid enters the esophagus), Barrett’s esophagus (increased risk of esophageal cancer), Gastritis and gastric ulcers (inflammation of stomach lining), Ulcers (infection of the duodenum), Chronic Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), Crohn’s disease (inflammatory disorder of the small intestine), Ulcerative Colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), Diverticulitis (weak spots in the large intestine wall) and Hemorrhoids (clusters of swollen veins in the anus). Also via Johns Hopkins.

The most important question with Social Security Disability (as always) is not what you have been diagnosed with but how severe your condition is. Many of the above digestive disorders can be controlled with diet change, medication or surgery. If you have followed your doctor’s advice but still have failed to improve, filing for SSA disability may be the right choice for you.

The most common disabling digestive disorders that I see in my practice are Chronic Pancreatitis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis:

Chronic Pancreatitis – Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve—it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage. – See more here. Pancreatitis is painful to say the least.

Crohn’s Disease – Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from the mouth to the anus. Read our post, Crohn’s Disease and Disability for more information.

Ulcerative Colitis – is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. Via The Mayo Clinic.

The Social Security Administration evaluates Digestive Disorders under 5.00. The preamble to this listing notes that treatment, response to treatment, adverse effects of treatment and duration of treatment are all considerations. Chronic malnutrition, weight loss and blood transfusions are also considered.

Even if you do not meet the above listings, you may be found disabled based on your digestive disorder simply because your symptoms prevent you from working. Recurrent trips to the restroom, difficulty with going to the restroom and chronic fatigue can prevent your from performing your job duties.

If you have been assessed with a digestive disorder and are unable to work because of your symptoms, file your claim for Social Security Disability as soon as possible. Call The Bishop Law Firm today for a free case evaluation!