Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases commonly affect the digestive system and affect millions of people. The nerves and/or muscles in the digestive tract do not function normally and usually symptoms manifest as pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and heartburn. The digestive tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small and larges intestines and anus.
Common gastrointestinal disorders include Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease, Diverticulitis, Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD) and Gastro esophageal Reflux disease (GERD).
Irritable bowel disease and Crohn’s disease are types of gastro intestinal disease which affects 1 in 5 Americans. Irritable bowel disease (IBS) is a common chronic gastrointestinal disorder. Women are three times more likely to develop IBS and it can impair their daily lives since many of the symptoms involve urgency to defecate, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
Gastroenterologists normally diagnose gastrointestinal disorders through the use of colonoscopies, endoscopies, CT scans, MRIs and Sigmoidoscopies. Depending on the severity of the GI disorder some people are able to control it with proper diet and/or medication. However, sometimes surgery may be necessary when diet and medication fail to work.
Serious Gastrointestinal disorders can lead to an inability of performance of many normal functions of employment and daily living. A physician should evaluate and monitor an individual’s condition.
As with other impairments, it’s always a good idea to have your treatment records include your symptoms. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing so that they are written as part of your record.
We understand your concerns and that it’s difficult to deal with a government agency when you are trying to also deal with your debilitating condition. We are available to help you through the process of applying for your disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Contact us at 800-641-9781 and let our experience help you.
At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered from gastrointestinal disorders which can lead to an inability of performance of many normal functions of employment and daily living.