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Ulcerative Colitis and SSDI Benefits

Ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon that affects as many as 700,000 Americans, can be a painful and debilitating condition- one that may make you eligible for SOcial Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits.

With US, a person's colon becomes inflamed and develops small sores, also known as ulcers, that produce pus or mucous. Essentially what happens is that the body's immune system malfunctions and attacks the colon by sending white blood cells there to fight off what it thinks are foreign invaders but are, in fact, just ordinary things like food, bacteria and other materials.

Symptoms of UC can include:

  • Loose bowel movements and greater urgency with bowel movements
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Anal fistula ( an infected tunnel between the skin and the anus)
In order to qualify for SSDI as a result of UC, you must meet all of the qualifications for inflammatory bowel disease. Diagnosing UC is relatively easy and typically can be done through a barium X-ray or colonoscopy.

When applying for SSDI you'll need to show that you have been officially diagnosed with US and that you are experiencing at least one of the serious side effects listed above. If you don't have one of the symptoms, you may still qualify for SSDI, but the process can be more difficult.

If you have UC and are thinking about applying for SSDI, or if you have already applied but have been denied, call The Law Office of William J. Luse at 843-839-4795 for help on what to do next. 


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