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Have you been suffering from multiple symptoms that have disrupted your life and your doctor has diagnosed you with Crohn’s disease? While there is no cure, there are treatments that will help with the symptoms and may put your condition into remission. This is great for the short-term but what if the disease is severe enough to take over your life and prevent you from working? Do you have the five symptoms of Crohn’s disease that will keep you from working? If so, you may be eligible for Social Security disability insurance. Take a moment to assess your condition and after you do, you may want to consider contacting a disability attorney.

Because Crohn’s is a chronic condition, symptoms will fluctuate in severity and frequency. The five symptoms that can prevent you from working because they are most likely to keep you confined are:

• Pain in the abdomen

• Diarrhea

• Bloody stool

• Vomiting

• Poor appetite and weakness

Abdominal Pain

Since Crohn’s disease inflames the digestive system, pain is usually centered in the abdominal area of the body. The disease causes ulcers throughout the entire system beginning with the mouth. In the more severe case, the ulcerations scar the walls of the intestines and can become obstructions to the bowel. These structures are known to create tunnels that connect the bowel to organs outside the digestive tract and cause infection.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the more problematic issues with this disease. Even minor bouts with diarrhea prevent people from conducting their normal activities. Crohn’s disease magnifies this problem many times. For example, in severe cases of Crohn’s disease, individuals may have bowel movements 20 times a day. Their sleep is disrupted by the need to go to the bathroom.

Bloody Stool

Bloody stool is a problem for Crohn’s sufferers for obvious reasons. Continuous bleeding in the intestines may cause nausea and weakness. It is another reason why individuals with the disease are periodically confined to their homes.

Vomiting

Vomiting is most frequently a symptom of Gastroduodenal Crohn’s—one of the five types of Crohn’s disease: This form of Crohn’s is centered in the stomach and upper section of the small intestine. People with this kind of Crohn’s experience nausea, along with appetite loss and weight loss. If the bowel is obstructed they will have frequent vomiting.

Loss of Appetite and Weakness

Loss of appetite and weight are related to the weakness felt by Crohn’s patients. Loss of weight and the inability to eat combine with the disease’s other causes of weakness, and prevent patients from doing their regular activities.

Once you have determined that your Crohn’s symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working, you may want to contact a disability attorney like the one found here. Before your appointment, take time to assemble everything you can that is related to your condition, such as frequency and length of your attacks, kind of medications and treatment. Also note items such as progress you have made and the setbacks to your condition you have suffered. With such information, the disability attorney that you consult will be able to advise you about the possibility of receiving disability insurance.

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Article written by Margaret Bleacher

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