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Can you get approved for disability based on Ulcerative Colitis?



 
As with any medically diagnosed condition, you can be approved for disability benefits through the listings for ulcerative colitis, or through a consideration of your medical conditions, the limitations they impose, and your work history. Other factors also come into play such as your age, work skills, and education level.

Ulcerative colitis is covered in the disability listings under section 5.00 for adult Digestive System disorders. As SSA states, digestive system disorders include inflammatory bowel disease, liver dysfunction and gastrointestinal hemorrhage, conditions that may lead to various complications such as bowel obstructions.

To be considered under the digestive system listings specifically for ulcerative colitis, your claim would be evaluated under listing 5.06, which is for Inflammatory bowel disease, or simply IBD. This condition would need to be diagnosed and indicated in your medical record documentation. Documentation may occur through an endoscopic procedure. In endoscopy, the sedated patient has an endoscopic camera placed by a GI specialist who can visualize and obtain imaging of the relevant digestive system areas. This is usually accompanied by obtaining tissue samples for biopsy which can be analyzed to determine what pathological abnormalities may be occurring.



If your evaluation renders evidence of a bowel obstruction in the small intestine or colon, OR two of the following conditions (see list in the following paragragh), then you may potentially be approved for disability under listing 5.06. Note: You must have two of the following despite ongoing medical treatment as prescribed by a doctor and occurring within the same consecutive 6-month period.

1. Anemia with hemoglobin of less than 10.0 g/dL, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or

2. Serum albumin of 3.0 g/dL or less, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or

3. Clinically documented tender abdominal mass palpable on physical examination with abdominal pain or cramping that is not completely controlled by prescribed narcotic medication, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or

4. Perineal disease with a draining abscess or fistula, with pain that is not completely controlled by prescribed narcotic medication, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or

5. Involuntary weight loss of at least 10 percent from baseline, as computed in pounds, kilograms, or BMI, present on at least two evaluations at least 60 days apart; or

6. Need for supplemental daily enteral nutrition via a gastrostomy or daily parenteral nutrition via a central venous catheter.

A person who is not approved through a listing, as we said in the first paragraph, can be approved through a process known as a medical vocational allowance.








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