IBS is a common chronic condition of the large intestine and colon that causes uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms include abdominal discomfort such as cramping, bloating and pain, as well as diarrhea and constipation, gas and mucus in the stool. The cause is unknown but effects twice as many women as men and usually under the age of 35 so hormones may play a role. The condition can also be brought on by stress or a possible illness. IBS does not cause more serious problems such as inflammation or changes in bowel tissue like Crohn’s. The most significant side effect of IBS is how it can adversely cause changes to a normal lifestyle. It may be difficult to travel or keep plans with friends and family. Sex may be painful or unappealing and career advancement may be jeopardized by sick days.
While there is no listing in the SSA book, to qualify for disability, continuous treatment with a Gastroenterologist as well as lab panels and bloodwork supporting the ailment would be necessary. A detailed work history including sick time and an abnormal number of trips to the bathroom during the work day would also help in showing how IBS disrupts your employment. Getting Social Security disability benefits is tied more about how IBS effects your ability to perform normal daily activities than the actual diagnosis itself.
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