Listing of Impairments – Irritable Bowel Disease | Sarasota County Social Security DIsability Attorney

What is irritable bowel disease? Let’s start with the basics.

The digestive system includes your stomach, large and small intestines, and rectum. Its job is to digest the foods, turn the food into nutrients, and absorb these nutrients into the bloodstream to fuel our bodies.

It’s estimated that up to 1 million Americans have inflammatory bowel disease.

As an article found at points out “inflammatory bowel disease (which is not the same thing as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS) refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.”

Although “the diseases have some features in common, there are some important differences. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the large intestine, also called the colon. In ulcerative colitis, the inner lining – or mucosa – of the intestine becomes inflamed (meaning the lining of the intestinal wall reddens and swells) and develops ulcers (an ulcer is a sore, which means it’s an open, painful wound). Ulcerative colitis is often the most severe in the rectal area, which can cause frequent diarrhea. Mucus and blood often appear in the stool (feces or poop) if the lining of the colon is damaged.

Crohn’s disease differs from ulcerative colitis in the areas of the bowel it involves – it most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine (called the terminal ileum) and parts of the large intestine. However, Crohn’s disease isn’t limited to these areas and can attack any part of the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation that extends much deeper into the layers of the intestinal wall than ulcerative colitis does. Crohn’s disease generally tends to involve the entire bowel wall, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the lining of the bowel.”

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can include recurrent abdominal pain, diarrhea, alternating periods of constipation.

It can prevent you from steady work and recreational or social activities. It also can cause a significant amount of emotional stress and anxiety. It can be the basis for an award of Social Security disability benefits.

If your irritable bowel disease does not need a Listing under Section 5, Digestive System Impairments, it is important that your physician complete the appropriate residual functional capacity questionnaire for your disease process. You must fully develop the medical evidence about your disease, its complications, your treatment, and its impact on your ability to function on a daily basis.

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Cavey and Barrett, experienced Social Security Disability attorneys in Tampa Bay, can help you with your social security disability application for irritable bowel disease.

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