Crohn’s disease, or any other inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can cause debilitating abdominal pain and fatigue, not to mention very frequent bouts of diarrhea and cramping, any or all of which can preclude a person from performing even part-time employment on a regular basis. People suffering from Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases may often experience flares or flare-ups in which their symptoms worsen significantly for days or weeks at a time, which can make it difficult or even possible to maintain regular attendance at a part- or full-time job. The Mayo Clinic has compiled the following list of signs and symptoms commonly associated with Crohn’s disease:
-Diarrhea and intestinal cramping
-Low-grade fever due to infection or inflammation
-Fatigue, tiredness, or low energy
-Abdominal pain, ranging from discomfort to severe pain, caused by inflamation and/or ulceration
-Nausea and vomiting
-Reduced appetite and resultant weight loss
-Ulcers in the mouth
If the severity of your Crohn’s disease symptoms has caused you to have to cease working and you believe that you are no longer able to work on a full-time basis, you may be eligible for SSDI or SSI disability benefits.
To learn more about whether you or a loved one may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits and how Crohn’s disease can prevent individuals from working, please call Viner Disability Law or complete a contact form on this site.