Young man suffering from severe belly pain, being overwhelmed by the debilitating condition of celiac disease

Can You Get Disability for Celiac Disease?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are programs meant to aid those who cannot work, whether due to an illness, injury or genetic condition. Many people are unaware exactly how many conditions are eligible for disability benefits, which causes some people to miss out on receiving payments that they so desperately need.

One such condition that most people aren’t aware is eligible for disability benefits is celiac disease. If you suffer from celiac disease and find it difficult to work, then you might be able to receive benefits. Read about disability for celiac disease and find out how you can receive payments when this serious condition limits your ability to hold or find a job.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a disorder that causes the sufferer to be intolerant of gluten, which is found in common foods like bread and pasta. When a celiac sufferer ingests gluten, it irritates the intestinal lining, causing very serious side-effects. The symptoms of celiac disease can include digestive problems, fatigue, depression, headaches and weight loss.

Fortunately, celiac disease is usually easily treated by going on a gluten free diet. However, constructing the right diet can take time, and if you’re still experiencing celiac symptoms that prevent you from work, then you may be eligible for SSDI.

Earning Your Benefits with Comparative Listings

The biggest obstacle in receiving disability for celiac disease is that this disorder isn’t listed in Social Security’s Blue Book. Fortunately, the symptoms of celiac disease are similar to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which is a listed condition.

If your treating physician is convinced that your celiac symptoms reach the level of IBD, then they can put this in a written opinion that you will then present to Social Security as evidence of your condition.

Also, even if you have addressed the symptoms of your celiac disease and have been able to return to work, it’s possible for you to receive payments for however long you were unable to work, provided your period of unemployment was at least a year in length.

Determining Your Residual Functional Capacity RFC

Another possible path for receiving disability for celiac disease is through a residual functional capacity (RFC) document. With an RFC document, your doctor will fill out the details of your condition and will describe in detail how the symptoms of your celiac disease prevent you from working in your normal capacity.

Using your RFC document, Social Security will examine your ability to continue performing your current duties, as well as if their might be a different position you could hold that would be more conducive to your disorder. If it is determined your condition prevents you from working, you will receive your benefits.

Find Advice About Disability for Celiac Disease

If you’re having trouble applying for disability for celiac disease, or your application has been denied, then you should consider retaining an attorney from the Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour.

At the Law Offices of Dr. Bill LaTour, we are committed to helping our clients navigate the difficult Social Security system so that they can receive their deserved benefits, and we are ready to start fighting for you. Request a consultation with one of our attorneys today.

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