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Weight Loss surgery and Obesity in America

The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) estimate that up to 70% of adults may now be overweight or obese. Obesity rates in the United States are now some of the highest in the world, accounting for up to 120,000 preventable deaths each year.  Approximately $190 billion is spent in added medical expenses per year within the United States. Unfortunately, although obesity is preventable, medical experts do not anticipate a noticeable increase in weight loss any time soon.

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Sedentary Lifestyle increases health risks

Will a sedentary lifestyle make me sick?

Americans have become to a sedentary lifestyle. According to a poll of nearly 6,300 people by the Institute for Medicine and Public Health, many people spend up to 56 hours a week staring at their computer screen or collapsed in front of their high-definition television. And if you are sick or disabled you may find that it’s difficult not only to work but to do any type of movement.

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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?

  • Vomiting blood
  • Severe weight loss
  • Appetite changes
  • Bloody stool

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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SSDI and Crohn’s Disease

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Crohn’s disease is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune condition which affects the digestive system of approximately 400,000 to 600,000 individuals in the United States and throughout North America.

If you are a worker with severe Crohn’s disease you may be having difficulty maintaining full-time employment. You might be wondering if it is possible to get SSDI or SSI benefits for this disease, and if so, what symptoms will you need to have to prove that you cannot work for at least 12 continuous months.

It is not uncommon for many individuals to get Crohn’s disease as early as 15. If you have had this condition since you were an adolescent you may not have worked and paid enough employment taxes to qualify for SSDI benefits. In that case, your only option would be to see if you could qualify for SSI.

A common difficulty that many claimants with this condition have is proving that it will last for 12 continuous months. Because the condition can go into remission there may be times when a claimant is able to work and other times when they will have severe flare-ups which will make it impossible to work. Unfortunately, if you cannot prove that your condition will last for 12 continuous months your SSDI and SSI claim will be automatically denied, regardless of the severity of your current condition.

Common classifications of Crohn’s disease

There are several different types of classifications for Crohn’s disease: Ileocolic Crohn’s disease which affects both the large intestine and the ileum, Crohn’s colitis which affects the digestive system from the mouth to the anus (most commonly impacts the esophagus and the stomach) and Crohn’s ileitis which affects the ileum only.

If you have this condition you may suffer from rashes, arthritis, inflammation, stomach pain and severe weight loss. You most likely have tried all of the common medical treatments to alleviate the symptoms including surgery or injections. If all of these treatment options have not lessened your symptoms and you continue to have difficulty performing substantial gainful activities, the SSA may find you disabled.

How will the SSA decide if I am disabled for Crohn’s Disease?

The SSA has two methods they use to determine if claimants are disabled: determining if the claimant’s condition meets or exceeds a listing on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments or Blue Book (a list of diseases and conditions which the SSA automatically considers disabling) or deciding, through a medical vocational allowance, that a claimant is unable to work their current job, previous job or retrain for new work.

Unfortunately, the SSA does not currently have Crohn’s disease listed on the SSA Listing of Impairments, but this does not mean that you cannot prove your condition is as severe as a listed condition or that your medical evidence cannot substantiate that you do not have the residual capacity to work.

Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you would like Social Security Disability attorney to review your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income claim contact one today. It is important to either review your own medical information or have a disability lawyer review your medical information to ensure that you have enough medical evidence to prove that you do not have the ability to work.

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Social Security Administration and Cachexia Anorexia Syndrome

Can I get disability for Cachexia Anorexia Syndrome?

Cachexia anorexia syndrome, which is also referred to as anorexia-cachexia syndrome, is a complex metabolic syndrome that is associated with palliative conditions, such as cancer. Palliative conditions are those in which treatment is aimed at alleviating a problem or relieving pain without dealing with the underlying cause.

Cachexia refers to weight loss which is unintentional. Cachexia is weight loss that includes both muscle and fat. Cachexia is usually brought about by shifts in metabolism that are the result of tumor by-products and cytokines. Cytokines are chemicals that are produced by your cells that act on other cells to inhibit or stimulate their function.

Anorexia is a lack or loss of appetite. Anorexia is a condition that is brought about by disease in which you become incapable of eating or have no desire or appetite to eat, resulting in severe weight loss.

Although anorexia is the common name that people use for anorexia nervosa, it is not the same thing. Anorexia nervosa is an emotional condition that is evidenced by the refusal to eat for the purpose of losing weight. Anorexia nervosa results from a fear of gaining weight and an inaccurate and unhealthy perception of your body’s appearance.

The word syndrome is a term that is used for a disorder that is marked by a group of associated signs and symptoms. Syndrome refers to a group of signs and symptoms that take place together consistently.

While the definition of cachexia anorexia syndrome varies, and the way in which the syndrome works is poorly understood, there are some signs and symptoms that are usually common with the syndrome. Some of these include:

  • Inflammation
  • Early satiety (state or quality of being gratified or fed to or beyond capacity)
  • Anorexia
  • Weakness
  • Low albumin (the main protein in human blood)
  • Fatigue
  • Involuntary weight loss
  • Anemia

Cachexia anorexia syndrome can be primary or secondary. Primary cachexia anorexia syndrome is caused directly by a malignancy. Secondary cachexia anorexia syndrome is brought about by cancer-related barriers that reduce dietary intake. These include changes in smell/taste from chemotherapy, mucositis and vomiting/nausea.

How does the Social Security Administration evaluate cachexia anorexia syndrome?

You may have been diagnosed with cachexia anorexia syndrome. You may be wondering if this syndrome will qualify you to get Social Security disability benefits.

Cachexia anorexia syndrome is not in the list of impairments of the Social Security Administration. However, this does not mean that you will not qualify to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for this condition.

If you have cachexia anorexia syndrome, you also probably have some type of malignancy. Many types of malignancy are listed in the Social Security Administration listing of impairments. If your malignancy is listed in the list of impairments, the Social Security Administration will consider you to be disabled (assuming you meet the nonmedical criteria for either the Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance program).

Even if your malignancy is not on the Social Security Administration list of impairments or your cachexia anorexia syndrome is the result of another condition, you may still be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits through a medical vocational allowance. This is a term that is used to grant someone Social Security disability benefits when your disability keeps you from working and engaging in what is called a substantial gainful activity (SGA).

If you have suffered severe weight loss or if you have questions about cachexia anorexia syndrome, contact a disability lawyer for more information.

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