Digestive system disorders affect any part of the digestive tract, including the liver, and may be considered disabling when they impair your ability to function on a daily basis or require frequent medical treatments that would interfere with your ability to hold a job.
Documenting Digestive System Disorders
To qualify for disability because of a digestive system disorder, you have to document the frequency and severity of symptoms as well as your response to medical treatment. You have to make sure that you are communicating the full range of experience, including narrative descriptions of your disorder as well as appropriate medical testing that can support your diagnosis.
Types of Digestive System Disorders that lead to Disability
There are six types of disorder that may lead to disability:
Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging is when you are bleeding in your digestive tract. It is considering disabling when you need at least three blood transfusions in six months.
Chronic liver disease is when your liver is slowly degrading. To support disability, you must show hospitalization and a need for blood transfusion because of your disease. You may also demonstrate that your disease is in the final, fatal stages, or that your mental health has been affected.
Inflammatory bowel disease is when swelling in your bowels causes pain or dysfunction. Documentation must include hospitalization or demonstrating that you have other symptoms that imply disability, including anemia, dramatic weight loss, draining abscesses, or a need for supplemental nutrition catheter.
Short bowel syndrome is when your intestines are not absorbing nutrients properly because your intestine is congenitally short or has had part removed. It’s considered disabling if half or more of your small intestines have been removed.
Weight loss or malnutrition from digestive disorders may also be disabling. You have to demonstrate that you are following all prescribed treatments, but are not getting results, and show that your BMI is less than 17.5.
Liver transplants automatically lead to a disability status of at least one year.
If you suspect you may be eligible for disability benefits on the basis of a digestive system disorder, please contact us for a free eligibility evaluation.
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