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Is IBS Considered A Disability By The Social Security Administration?


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a real pain in the butt—literally. This disease affects the large intestine and can cause constipation, diarrhea, belly pain, and excessive gas. It’s a common condition but it’s chronic and may require long-term management through diet and stress management.

Some people, however, experience severe symptoms, to the point that their lives are affected. They may even feel as though they are disabled due to severe pain and diarrhea. They may not even be able to work, socialize, or run errands.

IBS can also lead to other issues that can severely impact everyday life, such as fatigue, anxiety, and depression. So is it considered a disability by the Social Security Administration (SSA)?

No, it is not covered, so it is not eligible for benefits. This can be frustrating for those who suffer from this disease, but the good news is that there are ways around this if you have a related  condition that may be considered a disability under SSA guidelines.

What is Considered a Disability?

While IBS is not considered a disability, the following medical conditions are:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is not to be confused with IBS. IBD refers to inflammation of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the two most common types.
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhage. This refers to bleeding in the digestive tract, which includes anywhere from the throat to the rectum. It may be due to inflammation, which is a common symptom of IBS.
  • Short bowel syndrome. A shortened small intestine can cause many of the same symptoms as IBS, such as fatigue, diarrhea, and bloating.
  • Hepatic (liver) dysfunction. IBS is often associated with liver issues and even failure.
  • Constant diarrhea can cause a person to not get the nutrients they need. They may suffer from dehydration or malnutrition.

What You Need to Prove

Even if you have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, you will still need to prove that you are too disabled to work. This includes documentation from your doctor stating what activities you can no longer do.

The SSA will then review your application and determine whether or not you meet the guidelines for disability. Keep in mind that the guidelines are very strict, so it’s best to have a lawyer on your side to help you with the application process.

Learn More About Social Security Disability Benefits

Some diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome, are not always taken seriously. Even if your life has been severely affected by it, your doctor or the SSA may not agree that it should be considered a disability. But there are ways to work around this.

A White Plains Social Security Disability lawyer from The Law Office of Michael Lawrence Varon can assess your situation and help you find ways to get the SSDI benefits you deserve. Schedule a free initial consultation today by filling out the online form or calling (914) 228-1770.



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