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Does Severe GERD Qualify a Person for Social Security Disability Benefits?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2020 | Gatstroesophageal Reflux Disease, GERD

When symptoms of GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease become so severe that they make it difficult for you to work full time, then you may qualify you for a claim for disability benefits.

GERD has been in the news since Joe Biden won the presidential election. Many have been speculating about why the president- elect coughs so much. Reports confirm that he suffers from gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which stomach acids make their way back up the esophagus from the stomach.

The symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease may be simple or minor on their own, but they may result in complications. One of those complications is esophagitis which can make swallowing difficult and painful.  If left untreated, esophagitis can cause ulcers, and even cancer. The symptoms of esophagitis can cause the person to suffer extreme pain while swallowing, making it difficult to eat food. This, in turn, can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, extreme weakness and chronic fatigue. All of these conditions can make it difficult for a person to hold down a job.

If you are a male, above the age of 55, obese, or have a history of smoking and drinking, you may be at a much higher risk of gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease may not qualify a person for Social Security disability benefits, especially if the symptoms can be managed through lifestyle modifications and medication. However, if the symptoms cause complications such as cancer or severe malnutrition that make it hard for the person to work full-time, then it is much more likely that the person will qualify for disability benefits.