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5 types of digestive disorders that can be disabling

Digestive problems can affect any person at any age. Often, the issues are short-lived or treatable with dietary adjustments or medical care.

However, some people experience severe, chronic disorders of the digestive system. These disorders can cause painful, uncomfortable symptoms that dramatically limit a person’s lifestyle and capabilities. And the treatment for such conditions can be demanding and aggressive.

As such, it is important for people with serious digestive disorders to examine their options for seeking disability benefits. This can be especially important for people who suffer from the following types of disorders of the digestive system, as they are among the more common conditions that may qualify as disabling.

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic viral hepatitis

People who suffer from these (and other) digestive conditions can experience limitations in their daily lives. Others require frequent and ongoing medical attention. They may require organ transplants, nutrition through a catheter or gastrostomy, frequent blood transfusions and surgery.

If you have a serious digestive disorder, your eligibility for disability benefits will depend on the details of your condition and the information you present to the Social Security Administration when applying for benefits. It will also depend on your work history.

With financial support on the line, it would be a costly mistake to pursue disability benefits without first consulting an experienced attorney. Digestive disorders – like any other type of potentially disabling disorder – can be more difficult to prove in an application or appeal than people expect, and failing to appreciate this can lead to delayed or denied benefits.

Therefore, if you have questions about disability benefits or the application process, it would be wise to consult an attorney who can provide the informed answers and support you need.

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