This category includes
disorders involving the digestive system, including gastrointestinal hemorrhage, chronic liver disease, liver transplant, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, and malnutrition.
Weight loss is a common sign of these disorders. Pain, fatigue, bleeding
and constipation/incontinence are also frequently present. These are
significant symptoms because they can limit an individual's ability
the physical tasks associated with even very light work.
Establishing disability based on a digestive disorder requires documenting the clinical signs that typically accompany the disorder and showing how the symptoms it produces limit an individual's ability to work. It is unlikely that a person with nothing more than occasional acid reflux will qualify for an award of Social Security disability. However, people with more severe digestive disorders have a good chance of being awarded benefits if their cases are properly developed.