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Inflammatory bowel disease can be a disability

It is next to impossible for a person to get through their life without ever experiencing a stomach ache. Whether they come across a food that does not agree with them, ingest something that is contaminated with bacteria or simply overeat to the point of discomfort, many North Carolina residents are able to remedy their ailments with over-the-counter aids and time. However, some people suffer from chronic and debilitating digestive issues that cause getting through each day to be a challenge.

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are two disorders that cause inflammation and in some cases ulcers on the lining of various parts of the digestive tract. Together they are considered elements of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The Social Security Administration may recognize IBD as a disability because it can have a damaging and pervasive impact on a victim's life.

Individuals who suffer from IBD may unintentionally and dangerously lose weight. They may suffer from pain, fatigue and general feelings of illness. They may struggle to complete basic tasks in their homes and may not be able to hold down employment if their condition is severe.

Like other illnesses recognized by the Social Security Administration, IBD must be proven to meet the organization's strict definition of disability in order to qualify a person for disability benefits. Medical information such as test results, treatment plans, doctors' notes and others may be required by the Social Security Administration to determine if an applicant's request for disability benefits is valid. Getting help during the disability benefits' application process is important for those who want to avoid time-consuming mistakes and potential documentation errors.

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