Listing of Impairments – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) | St. Petersburg Social Security Disability Attorney

Do your stomach contents, including stomach acid, often leak back into your esophagus causing a burning sensation in your chest? If so, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease otherwise known as (GERD).

When the valve between your esophagus and stomach doesn’t close properly (like the valve in your toilet tank), Gastric fluid (mostly hydrochloric acid) covers the lining of the esophagus causing inflammation and a very painful burning sensation in your chest. Although the body can heal the damage, chronic acid reflex will eventually eat away the lining of the esophagus.

A hiatal hernia, which occurs when the upper part of your stomach separates from your chest, makes it easier for the stomach acid to go into your esophagus. Think of it like pulling out and squeezing the valve on a beech ball, after it has been filled up. All the air comes back out.

GERD is a chronic and common problem. Two of my own family members have it and I see their pain every day.

Unfortunately, GERD is not a listed condition. However, these claims are won in severe cases, based on medical and vocational development. If you suffer from this condition and are going to file for Social Security Disability benefits you should strongly consider seeking the help of a skilled attorney such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett.

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