Crohn’s Disease

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Crohn’s Disease in Chicago, IL

Crohn’s Disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), specifically a chronic inflammatory condition of the intestines. Crohn’s Disease, also known as Colitis, primarily causes breaks in the lining of the small and large intestines, but it can affect any area of your digestive system. In severe cases, bowel obstructions and/or perforations can also occur.

Crohn’s disease usually causes inflammation in the lower area of your small intestine (Ileum). This inflammation can extend deep into the intestinal lining, cause pain and make your intestines empty frequently.

Symptoms of Crohn’s include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea

These symptoms tend to come and go, so there may be times where you have no symptoms, and other times where your symptoms are severe. Crohn’s disease can be difficult for doctors to diagnose since it causes symptoms similar to other intestinal disorders.

Flare-ups of Crohn’s Disease are treated intensively until they go into remission. Once in remission, treatment usually includes antibiotics for infections and anti-inflammatory drugs. Severe Crohn’s Disease cases may require one or more surgeries to control or maintain remission of the disease.

Social Security considers Crohn’s Disease a severe impairment, or one that may cause you to be unable to keep full-time work for at least 12 consecutive months. Crohn’s Disease is evaluated under inflammatory bowel disease in the Listing of Impairments published by the Social Security Administration.

If you don’t qualify for benefits under the Listing of Impairments, you can still qualify for disability based on your Crohn’s Disease if you can show that your symptoms make it impossible to work. You must also show that with your job skills and education, there are no other types of jobs you can learn to do.

If you can’t work because you suffer from Crohn’s Disease, Colitis or a similar condition, don’t be afraid to get help from our attorneys at Nash Disability Law. Call us today at 312-561-3546 to get started. We’re here to help you from start to finish.