Crohn’s disease is a debilitating condition that affects as many as 500,000 people in this country. It is also known as inflammatory bowel disease, and causes symptoms like severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and pain.
A person who suffers from Crohn’s disease may suffer from inflammation of the digestive tract lining. More severe symptoms include bloody stools, fatigue, fever, malnutrition because of the frequent diarrhea, and skin infections. Fever can be sporadic, and can last more than a day, or two. Sometimes, the diarrhea may become so severe that it no longer responds to over-the-counter medications.
Many people with Crohn’s disease are able to control their symptoms with proper medication, therapies, and a change in diet. However, in other cases, there may be no relief from symptoms, and as a result, the person may find it difficult to go about his daily life and unable to go to work and earn a living.
Crohn’s disease is not officially listed in the Social Security Administration list of impairments, but if you currently suffer from severe symptoms of Crohn’s disease, you may be eligible for disability benefits. The Social Security Administration requires you to prove that the condition is so severe that you’re no longer able to work, and that you have suffered the illness or are expected to suffer the condition for at least a year. Even when your condition has not been listed in the official impairments listing, you can still qualify for benefits. If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, it’s best to discuss your benefits options with a lawyer.
Speak with Houston Social Security disability lawyer M. Stanley Whitehead about your disability claim.