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Readers Share: Social Security Disability and IBS Stories

By February 21, 2011

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Last week, I blogged about my new article "How to File for Social Security Disability Benefits for IBS". The blog received a comment from Nina, a loyal reader and knowledgable IBS sufferer, that included the quote "there are more complexities to this than can be captured in one blog post." Although I haven't heard back from Nina, I can only surmise that real-life experiences in applying for Social Security Disability benefits might be more complex than how it looks on paper (or the Internet, for that matter). Thus, my newest "Readers Share" article provides a place for those of you who have gone through the process to share with those who are considering applying:

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April 28, 2011 at 5:34 am
(1) Sue says:

Yeah, I don’t get it. Person A has Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), and Person B has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Their impairments/symptoms are the same, and the severity for both are the same.

Yet, Person A with IBD would have alot better chance to get SSDI than Person B with IBS.

I guess the SSA gives a lot more weight to “diseases” than “syndromes”. So, if you have a “syndrome” and have a diagnosis, good luck getting SSDI regardless of the severity of your impairments.

The other thing I don’t like is even if you have a diagnosis for something on the SSA’s list. The SSA can question the way the doctor arrived at that diagnosis and can deny the claim based on that they think the doctor should have done other things to arrive at the diagnosis.

I think it’s a scam. As I’ve never gone to my doctors over the years when seaking treatment and thinking about being SSA compliant in my doctors diagnosis. So, I guess when you file for SSDI, you just have to hope the SSA agrees with the steps you doctor took to arrive at your diagnosis’. As if they don’t, then they can/will deny your claim and screw up your life.

April 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm
(2) Dr. Bolen says:

You make some excellent points. If you do decide to make a claim, I hope you are successful. Keep us posted!

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