Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the normal spontaneous movement of the muscles (motility) in your stomach. Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food through your digestive tract. But if you have gastroparesis, your stomach’s motility is slowed down or doesn’t work at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Gastroparesis Qualify for Disability?

While there is no Blue Book listing for gastroparesis, there are a couple of listings that can apply to your claim.

The first is detailed in Section 5.08 and deals with severe weight loss due to any digestive disorder. This listing requires:

  • a body mass index (BMI) at or below 17.50,
  • documented on two separate occasions that are at least 60 days apart.

The two recorded incidents must additionally occur within a consecutive six-month period in order to meet this listing.

Even if you are unable to meet this listing exactly, you may still be able to get benefits in one of three ways:

  • matching a listing in terms of severity
  • meeting or matching another listed condition
  • qualifying through a residual functional capacity (RFC) analysis

You may match the listing for severe weight loss in Section 5.08, even if your BMI falls below 17.50 outside the prescribed time frame, and matching a listing is sufficient to qualify for benefits.

If you have a concurrent medical condition, like diabetes, you may qualify under a different listing. Diabetes appears in the Blue Book under Section 9.00.5. To meet the listing, your diabetes must be uncontrolled despite following prescribed therapies and must result in severe complications.

How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

To apply for disability benefits, it’s important to understand the disability application process. If you’ve been diagnosed with gastroparesis and believe you may qualify, contact us today for a free disability case evaluation.

You could be entitled to $3,822 a month. See if you qualify today!

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