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SSA Disability and Peptic Ulcers

Will the SSA consider my peptic ulcer disabling?


A peptic ulcer is a hole or erosion in the inside of an individual’s esophagus, stomach or small intestines. The most common type of ulcer is called a duodenal which occurs in the small intestines. Other common types include gastric ulcers and esophageal ulcers.

Claimants who suffer from an ulcer may experience burning from their navel to their breastbone as stomach acid irritates the peptic ulcer. The pain is generally worse at night when the claimant may be hungry and may be relieved temporarily by consuming certain types of foods. What are some of the most severe symptoms?

Although the cause of peptic ulcers varies they could be caused by bacteria, medications, and frequent consumption of pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Claimants with an peptic ulcer should seek immediately medical treatment and make sure they do not develop additional symptoms such as scar tissue, infection or internal bleeding.

Winning Benefits for Peptic Ulcers


The Social Security Administration has two methods for awarding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): determining if their condition meets or exceeds a listing on the SSA Listing of impairments (this is a list of the conditions and their corresponding systems which the SSA considers automatically disabling) or proving through a medical vocational allowance that the claimant cannot work.

Meeting Listing on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments for a Peptic Ulcer


The most common listing for a claimant to meet if they have an ulcer would be Listing 5.00 Digestive System, Section 5.08 Weight loss due to any digestive disorder. Under this listing the claimant must prove they are continuing to lose a significant amount of weight. The SSA states, “despite continuing treatment as prescribed, with BMI of less than 17.50 calculated on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart within a consecutive 6-month period.”

Keep in mind, the Social Security Administration will expect that if you have severe, continuing issues with peptic ulcers you have sought good medical treatment and you have followed your doctor’s treatment plan. If you have not seen a specialist or taken the right medications to treat your condition it is likely you will be denied SSDI or SSI benefits. The SSA would argue that if you were getting proper medical care there is a chance that your condition would improve and you could perform work.

Winning SSDI and SSI Disability for a Peptic Ulcer through a Medical Vocational Allowance


If your condition does not meet a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments (also known as Blue Book) you will need medical evidence that you are unable to perform substantial gainful activity. To do this you will need specific information from your doctor regarding work functions that you may not be able to complete. For instance, does the pain make it impossible to sit, walk or stand for long distances? Do you have difficulty concentrating? Are you vomiting blood? What types of medications are you taking and do they make it impossible to concentrate? It will also be helpful if you have other conditions that may also limit your functional ability to work.

Honestly, for many claimants, especially younger claimants, if your condition does not meet a listing it will be hard to win SSI or SSDI for a peptic ulcer.
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