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Uterine Fibroids and SSA Disability Benefits

Uterine fibroids, or tumors, can grow and attach in the wall of the uterus, outside the uterine wall, or within the uterine cavity. Although they are generally not cancerous, they can cause symptoms which can be disruptive to a women’s life. Fibroids generally occur in women ages 40 to 50, and they can vary in size. Common symptoms of a uterine fibroids can include:

  1. Heavy bleeding (which can lead to anemia)

  2. Swollen stomach

  3. Increase pressure on the bladder

  4. Frequent urination

  5. Rectal pressure

  6. Lower back pain

  7. Painful intercourse

What causes Uterine Fibroids?

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There are common factors which may increase the likelihood that a woman will develop uterine fibroids including a woman’s age, their family history, their ethnicity, their diet and whether they are overweight.

Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

Thankfully, most uterine fibroids will not require treatment. If, however, you have severe uterine fibroids which are recurring and have not been relieved with general treatment, you may want to talk to a doctor about options for surgical removal of the uterus (hysterectomy). Other treatment options may also be available such as hormone treatment or a removal of the fibroids themselves.

Can I get SSDI or SSI while I recover from a hysterectomy or for my uterine fibroids?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two disability programs to help those who are disabled and cannot work: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To qualify for either program an applicant must prove that they have a severe mental or physical health condition which is so serious they will not be able to work for at least 12 continuous months.

Because uterine fibroids generally can be successfully treated, and it is unlikely that they will keep you from performing work for 12 continuous months, it is unlikely that this condition will be sufficient to receive SSDI or SSI benefits.

Can a disability lawyer help me win my SSDI or SSI case for uterine fibroids?

Although disability lawyers can help many applicants who have been denied SSDI or SSI benefits win their case, the denial for uterine fibroids will most likely be that the condition will not last 12 continuous months, assuming that the applicant receives adequate medical treatment. This type of SSA denial will be very tough to overcome unless there is some type of exceptional medical information which makes the applicant’s case more severe than other cases of this type.

What if I have other conditions in additional to Uterine Fibroids?

If you have uterine fibroids in addition to other conditions it is important to list all of your disabling health conditions on your disability application. When the SSA is evaluating whether or not you are disabled (assuming your condition is not automatically considered disabling because it is on the SSA Listing of Impairments) they will consider all of your conditions in their totality and determine whether or not you have the residual capacity to work. Uterine fibroids could reduce your capacity to work and should be listed with other more severe health conditions on your disability application.
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