Can I Collect SSDI if I Have Celiac Disease?

Do you suffer from celiac disease or gluten sensitive enteropathy (GSE)? Photo of piggy bank

Unfortunately, as many Americans have begun to attempt to eat healthier, some people have confused this disease entirely with the gluten free movement, as many people with celiac disease or GSE have special diet needs. However, this downplays the seriousness of the struggle for many when they are truly hurting.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, about 1 percent of the world’s population, or about 1 in every 133 Americans, suffers from celiac disease. Victims of the genetic autoimmune disease often have damage within the villi of the small intestine that interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

The organization says that celiac disease affects men and women of all ages and race, and that people are often misdiagnosed with other ailments, with some victims waiting years before receiving a correct diagnosis. Many victims suffer from issues including severe abdominal pain, vitamin deficiency, anemia, weight loss, joint pain and depression. If you experience these issues, you may want to talk to your doctor about how you can alleviate your symptoms.

Often, people can control their symptoms with gluten free diets, greatly reducing the amount of wheat, rye, spelt and barley products they ingest.

Can Someone with Celiac Disease Collect Disability?

Some people with ruthless forms of celiac disease might be able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits depending on the severity of their condition.

If your abdominal condition leaves you unable to work for a year and you have a documented medical history associated with an autoimmune disease, you should speak to our Tulsa disability attorneys about obtaining benefits. This documented evidence of suffering can include instances of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging and substantial weight loss.

If you or your loved one has questions about Social Security benefits when it comes to an autoimmune disease, you can contact our office by calling the number listed above or by using the form located on this page.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Source: http://www.celiaccentral.org/awarenessmonth/



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