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Disability benefits available for those with Crohn’s disease

Many people affected by Crohn’s disease are often not sure what to do. The disease affects the digestive tract, usually in the small and large intestine, leaving ulcers and bowel obstructions. This may often leave the person suffering unable to work in full or any capacity. Help may be available, as disability benefits from the Social Security Administration could be attained for those who are being kept down by this disease.

Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease, according to, include abdominal pain, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea and bloody stool. The website said this can often lead to extreme discomfort, missed days of work and even an inability to work altogether. The most serious cases of the illness may even call for surgery to repair damaged tissue in the sufferer.

HealthCentral said this illness can happen at any age, but those between the ages of 18 and 35 are the most frequent sufferers. This will likely make it much more difficult to prove the disability in front of an SSA judge, so the claimant needs to be sure to have plenty of doctors visits and records to have a record of how the Crohn’s disease has been affecting them.

“Track your drug regimens and any improvements, setbacks, side effects, scans, tests, and operations and their corresponding medical records,” Healthline said.

In order to prove a person suffering from Crohn’s disease is disabled under the Social Security regulations, it is necessary to demonstrate through documents and oral testimony that the symptoms are severe. They must be serious enough to prevent a person from participating in all suitable competitive employment.

Pain levels and frequency of bathroom use are relevant facts that could persuade an administrative judge that a person cannot maintain the concentration and focus necessary to hold employment.

The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates has successfully represented numerous claimants suffering from Crohn’s disease in obtaining their benefits.