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Diverticulosis, Diverticulitis and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Small pouches develop in the wall of your digestive tract. These small pouches are called diverticula. These pouches develop when the inner layer of your digestive tract bulges through weak spots in the outer layer. This is like an inner tube bulging through a tire. These pouches can form anywhere from your mouth to your anus. Most of the time they develop in your colon (large intestine). This is especially true in the lower (left) part of your colon just above your rectum. These pouches are usually the size of a marble and happen where blood vessels run through your intestinal walls. The condition of having these pouches is called diverticulosis. When one or more of these pouches become infected or inflamed the condition is called diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is a problem for millions of people in the United States, especially the older we get. Only about 10% of Americans under age 40 have diverticulosis. However, over half of people over age 60 have this condition, and almost every American over age 80 is believed to have this condition. Only about 10 to 25% of the people with diverticulosis will develop diverticulitis. The signs and symptoms of diverticulitis are like those of appendicitis, except the pain is usually on the lower left side of your abdomen, instead of the lower right side. Most of the time the pain is sudden and severe, but it can be mild pain that intensifies over several days and fluctuates in severity. You may also experience fever, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal tenderness and nausea. There are other effects caused by diverticulitis that you may experience that are not as common. Some of these are: You or a loved one may have diverticulitis. This, along with conditions resulting from or along with it, may be causing you or your loved one’s disability. You may need help. You or your loved one may need financial help. Have you or your loved one applied for that financial assistance from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by diverticulitis? Were you or your loved one denied? Diverticulitis will not likely qualify you for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits by itself, but if you have other conditions resulting from or along with diverticulitis; you may qualify. A disability lawyer like the one at disabilitycasereview.com is the one who can help you determine this. So, if you are going to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than those without a lawyer.