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Gastroduodenitis and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

Gastroduodenitis is a disorder that is evidenced by irritation or inflammation of the inner lining (mucous membrane) of your duodenum and stomach. Gastroduodenitis is a kind of chronic (long-term) gastritis. However, gastroduodenitis can also be short-term or acute.

Gastroduodenitis does not usually occur as a single disorder. In most instances, the disorder takes place in association with other abdominal conditions like hepatitis, gastritis or dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is abdominal discomfort that happens after you eat.

Your stomach is an elastic, muscular, crescent-shaped hollow organ that is composed of several strong, muscular layers. Your stomach is situated and protected under your rib cage. Your stomach is connected to your small intestine at one opening. It is connected to your esophagus at the other opening.

Your stomach's job

Your stomach has the task of mixing, digesting and storing the food that you eat. Your stomach also works to guard you from infectious organisms that you may have ingested.

Gastric juices are used by your stomach to break down the food that you eat when it arrives from your esophagus. Food empties into your duodenum by means of the other end of your stomach.

Your duodenum is a hollow muscular tube that connects your jejunum to your stomach. Your jejunum is the second part of your small intestine, while your duodenum is the first section of your small intestine.

Partially digested food

Partially digested food is referred to as chyme. Radially symmetrical contraction of muscles (peristalsis) is the process by which chyme leaves your stomach and goes to your duodenum. Chyme does this by means of a valve, a strong ring of muscle that is your pyloric sphincter.

The task of digesting your food that was begun in your stomach is now carried on by your duodenum. Pancreatic juice and bile that get secreted into your duodenum is what it uses to carry on the work of digestion. Nutrients are then absorbed into your body in your duodenum once digestion has been finished.

As mentioned at the beginning, gastroduodenitis is when the inner lining of your stomach and duodenum become inflamed or irritated. There are several signs and symptoms that may be produced by gastroduodenitis. Some of these are:

Abdominal pain
A black, tarry stool (malaena)
Vomiting blood (hematemesis)
Chest pain.

A stomach infection with bacteria that are known as Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori is one of the leading causes of gastroduodenitis. An adverse reaction to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is another thing that results in gastroduodenitis. These are things like ketoprofin, ibuprofen or indomethacin.

Gastroduodenitis has also been associated with some other medical conditions. Some of these include:

CrohnÂ’s disease
Gastritis (inflammation of the lining of your stomach)
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
Viral infections, such as hepatitis
Ischemic bowel disease (low blood flow to your intestines)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Viral infections like hepatitis
Cholecystitis (inflammation of your gall bladder)
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
Dyspepsia (abdominal pain when you have finished eating).

If you have gastroduodenitis, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if complications from this disorder and/or other conditions that you have along with it have led to your disability and not being able to work. A disability attorney is the one who can evaluate your case.