Qualifying for Disability Benefits with Stomach Pain

Abdominal pain, also known as a stomach ache, is a symptom associated with both non-serious and serious medical issues. Since the abdomen contains most of the body’s vital organs, it can be an indicator of a wide variety of diseases. Given that, approaching the examination of a person and planning of a differential diagnosis is extremely important. Common causes of pain in the abdomen include gastroenteritis and irritable bowel syndrome. About 15% of people have a more serious underlying condition such as appendicitis, leaking or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, diverticulitis, or ectopic pregnancy. In a third of cases, the exact cause is unclear. To learn more about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) defines this disability, visit Section 5.00 of the Blue Book.

Does Stomach Pain Qualify for Disability?

You may be able receive disability benefits for stomach pain if your disability is severe enough that you are unable to work for at least 12 months. Additionally, the Blue Book has digestive diseases listed under Section 5.00. Several different digestive issues are included under this listing. To be approved under this listing, any of the following can apply:

  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Gastrointestinal hemorrhaging that requires a blood transfusion
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Weight loss caused by any digestive disorder
  • Liver transplant

Having a definitive diagnosis of any of these problems doesn’t guarantee that you will be approved for disability benefits, however if you have undergone a liver transplant, you will automatically be approved. The individual listing for each of those diseases has specific, complex medical criteria that must be proven via medical records to confirm the severity of your diagnosis.

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 stomach pain 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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