Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term that describes disorders involving long-standing (chronic) inflammation of tissues in your digestive tract. Types of IBD include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. For some people, IBD is only a mild illness. For others, it’s a debilitating condition that can lead to life-threatening complications. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Inflammatory Bowel Disease Qualify for Disability?

Yes, people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) do qualify, but they need to meet the requirements of the SSA’s guidelines for this disability. Here they are below:

You’ve experienced the following and it’s documented by an endoscopy, biopsy, medical imaging, or an operation:

  • Your small intestine or colon has been obstructed. AND
  • You were hospitalized for intestinal decompression or surgery. AND
  • This has occurred at least twice, with each event at least 60 days apart within a consecutive six-month period.


Despite treatment for your IBD, you’ve experienced at least two of the following within a consecutive six-month period:

  • Anemia
  • Low serum albumin (hypoalbuminemia)
  • Clinically-documented abdominal mass, causing pain or cramping that doesn’t respond to your prescribed medication
  • Perineal disease with a draining abscess or fistula
  • Involuntary weight loss of at least 10% of your baseline weight
  • The need for supplemental nutrition

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 inflammatory bowel disease 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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