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Facts about Pancreatitis and Filing for Disability


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1) Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, while chronic pancreatitis is characterized by long-standing inflammation of the pancreas. Diabetes and steatorrhea are both common with chronic pancreastitis.

2) Most people think that alcoholism is the most common reason for acute pancreatitis, although it is not so; gallstones are the most common cause of acute pancreatitis. Hypertriglyceridemia, viral infection, trauma, hypercalcemia, and pregnancy may also cause pancreatitis, though they are less common causes.

3) Some medications can cause pancreatitis, including chemotherapeutic agents and drugs used to treat AIDS.

4) Hypocalcemia, shock, kidney failure, high blood sugar, dehydration, and respiratory difficulties can result as complications from pancreatitis.

5) There are many lifestyle choices that can be made to help recover from pancreatitis. Choosing a healthy, low-fat diet, staying fully hydrated, and quitting drinking and smoking can all assist the recovery process and increase quality of life for pancreatitis patients.

6) Currently, studies are being done to figure out what vitamins and minerals may help those with chronic pancreatitis. Some studies have found that vitamins A and C, and the mineral selenium, may decrease the need for pain medication. Other studies have not mirrored this finding, therefore more studies are being done to determine whether these vitamins and minerals may actually help patients.

7) Some studies on pancreatitis have found that complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, relaxation and breathing exercises, and meditation, have been able to help control pain when used in conjunction with prescribed, allopathic medications.


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.















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