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Facts about Anemia and Filing for Disability

1) Anemia is when a person has less hemoglobin in the blood than normal, or less red blood cells. In some cases, anemia can be caused by a lack of oxygen being carried to the body tissues. There are several different types of anemia, which may be short-term or long-term. It is the most common blood disorder.

2) Although there are different types of anemia with different symptoms and treatments, some of the most common signs are: pale skin, headache, cold feet, cold hands, being very tired and run down, chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations.

3) There are quite a few different types of anemia. Although vitamin deficiency anemia, such as iron deficiency anemia or anemia caused by a lack of vitamin B-13 or folate, are the most common types there are also many other anemias, such as aplastic anemia, fanconi anemia, hemolytic anemias, sickle cell anemia, anemia of chronic disease, anemias associated with bone marrow disease, warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia, cold agglutinin hemolytic anemia, and anemia or pregnancy, to name a few.

4) These are many factors that can cause anemia, but some of the most common risk factors are being a woman (due to pregnancy and menstruation), eating a diet poor in vitamins and minerals such as iron and folate, having intestinal disorders, being an alcoholic, having a family history of anemia, and having chronic conditions. Being a vegetarian can also increase your risk, unless you make sure to get enough vitamin B.

5) Anemia can become severe if left untreated and may cause many complications, from nerve damage, impaired mental abilities and heart problems such as arrhythmia and congestive heart failure, to fatigue so severe you are incapacitated and even death.

6) To combat and prevent the most common type of anemia vitamin deficiency anemia and iron deficiency anemia eat a diet rich in beef, dark leafy green and other protein-based foods such as nuts and beans (iron), citrus fruits, bananas and berries (vitamin C and folate) and meat and dairy (vitamin B12).

Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?

Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).

It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).

Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?

Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:

1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;

2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;

3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria