Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes pain and swelling in the gastrointestinal tract. One of the most common symptoms is diarrhea, forcing patients to make frequent trips to the restroom in order to avoid a potentially embarrassing mishap.   

However, that’s not the only reason Crohn’s is considered a disability, nor does it capture the full scope of the disease. The abdominal pain associated with the disorder can be debilitating, and it can lead to other complications like abscesses, fistulas, rectal bleeding, and anemia. The inflammation can also disrupt the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, leading to fatigue, osteoporosis, weight loss, and other signs of malnourishment.

Taken together, Crohn’s symptoms can make it nearly impossible to concentrate at work. The condition may go into remission for long periods, but there is no permanent cure and flare-ups can happen suddenly. The unpredictable nature of Crohn’s can make it difficult to build a schedule around the disease.     

Unfortunately, no one knows precisely what causes Crohn’s disease. The condition usually sets in between the ages of 15-35, and is more common in people with a family history of the disease. However, it can also point to an issue with the immune system, where the swelling reflects an overly aggressive response to common environmental triggers. Many people develop Crohn’s after exposure to bacteria or another foreign substance.

The resulting symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include fever, weight loss, and in extreme cases, vomiting. It can also have an impact beyond the digestive system, causing pain and inflammation in the skin, joints, and other parts of the body.

The variability poses a challenge for doctors and patients alike, who may need to go through several rounds of discovery to identify particular problem areas and then more rounds of discovery to find an effective treatment. The effects of Crohn’s – and the appropriate response – are often determined by the location of the inflammation, especially when it causes damage to the intestines. Surgery may be necessary to remove scar tissue, clear obstructions, or handle other complications.   

Meanwhile, the chronic pain persists until a doctor can settle on an appropriate course of action. When constant pain makes day-to-day activities impossible, a long-term disability claim can give someone the time they need to focus on their physical health and mental well-being. Crohn’s is far more than an inconvenience; beyond diarrhea and general gastric distress, the condition is a recognized disability for which patients are entitled to receive benefits.

If you or someone you know has Crohn’s disease and is considering a disability claim, you should consider consulting a lawyer to give your claim the best chance of success. In Crohn’s cases, the law allows for a recurrent disability provision that extends benefits in the case of an unexpected relapse, which can remove some of the unpredictability and make the condition feel a bit easier to manage.

Knowing more about the disease will allow you to overcome your obstacles and find an approach that works for you!

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