Digestive Problems


Hi my name is Andrew Kinney, and I’m an attorney with Hoglund Law Offices. I do Social Security Disability Law and SSI Law for a living. I’m doing this video log today to explain how to get benefits based on digestive problems. I’m being general here because there are a lot of particular things that can be wrong. But the basic idea is: how does social security review these kinds of problems?

One of the things people do when they have digestive problems is certainly go to a doctor, that goes without saying, but some problems, in my legal experience, some of the problems are harder to understand the cause than others. If someone has diverticulitis, that sometimes can come and go, people in my experience know that it is going on because there are a lot of symptoms. But there are some other problems that may be a little more subtle. Irritable bowel syndrome might be an example of that. Some people might have some of that, and some people can have it affect them daily.

There are also chronic digestive issues like Crohns disease. Some of my first cases involved that. It is a complicated problem and can have chronic implications. The question is through all this, how bad is it and how would it affect your ability to work full time? So I’m going to talk a little about that.

Social security looks at medical evidence. It looks specifically, in the case of digestive problems, not only at your treatment records, but it look to see if doctors have requested procedures. Perhaps they do colonoscopies; perhaps they are doing abdominal ultrasounds. There are a lot of different things doctors need to do, and you need to make sure doctors can understand what is going on. So make sure to do them. There are also procedures that you can choose to do. Certainly make decisions on your doctor’s advice but social security is looking to confirm 1) a diagnosis and 2) the objective findings supporting that diagnosis. Social security looks at the records, and from those two elements, they are deciding how you are limited from those problems.

So what I’m trying to convey here is, you are limited, as you well know from day to day from digestive issues, how limited are you. That is what is important to talk to your doctor about. Some people have digestive problems and can work full time, and some have digestive issues and can work some. Sometimes people have digestive problems that worsen over time. All that matters, what is important for you to know right now, is at some point when you know you are unable to work due to these problems, talk to your doctor about that.

Certainly if you could use our help, you can call the number below. But what’s important first is deciding with you doctor, “am I making my problems worse by working?” “Have I changed my diet enough,” if that’s what your doctor asks. Is there something I can do otherwise to control this? Work with your doctor on these things.

As far as an attorney, and in doing what I do, I am looking at the medical evidence to see what sorts of things doctors have recommended. Is there a gastroenterologist involved, a specialist in digestive problems that can help a lot, especially if there is a problem in finding a diagnosis?

Hopefully this was helpful today. If you have questions about getting benefits based on digestive issues or just general questions about getting benefits, we want to be of help to you, feel free go to our website at Hoglundlaw.com. We have a medical library, we also discuss the law and legal standards, there is a lot of stuff out there but we are trying to make it clear and concise for you. We help thousands of clients currently and we want to be able to help you if you need it. If you have an immediate concern and would like to call, feel free to talk to us, we are at 1-800-850-7867. Hopefully this video was helpful, and take care.