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Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Social Security Disability

There are many different diseases and disorders that make it difficult to maintain a job and therefore to make enough money to afford basic necessities. These conditions often qualify the individual suffering from them for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. While many of these diseases are well-known, there are some that are not but yet impact those with them just as much. One such disorder is Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Irritable Bowel Disease is a disorder involving inflammation of the large and small intestines, which can cause severe pain to the individual experiencing it. Irritable Bowel Disease is accepted as a reason for SSD.

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease greatly vary from person to person. Some people experience mild symptoms while others experience very painful ones. These symptoms often come and go with the progression of the disease. The two most common inflammatory bowel diseases are Chron’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 

Crohn’s Disease – Crohn’s Disease impacts the digestive system and is caused by the inflammation of the bowel or intestine. Symptoms associated with Crohn’s Disease include:

  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Belly pain
  • Fever
  • Drowsiness

Ulcerative Colitis – Ulcerative Colitis impacts the large intestine and its lining. Symptoms associated with Ulcerative Colitis include:

  • Weight loss
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth ulcers

Inflammatory bowel disease isn’t just a stomach ache. It can be a debilitating condition that prevents you from being able to work for long periods at a time. That’s why SSD benefits can be so helpful. Almost 75 percent of first-time applicants applying for SSD benefits will be denied. That’s why it’s imperative that you provide the paperwork that the Social Security Administration (SSA), which issues SSD benefits, is looking for. 

The SSA generally places a lot of weight on the medical record that you provide to them as well as the opinion of your treating physician. An experienced SSD attorney can help to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward. It can be hard enough to deal with your irritable bowel disease symptoms – let alone to focus on the details of your application. That’s why a qualified SSD attorney is so important. He or she can help to make sure that the extent of your disability is properly represented and understood.

The Las Vegas SSD Attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC Can Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, you may not know how to proceed. Fortunately, the attorneys at Roeschke Law, LLC can help. We understand the impact that a disability can have on your physical, emotional, and financial health. That’s why it’s our mission to assist you. Whether you are a first-time applicant or are looking to appeal your denial, we can help. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!