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Gastroparesis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

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Your stomach is an organ of digestion. Digestion is the mechanical and chemical breaking down of food into smaller components so that it can be absorbed into your blood stream. Your stomach is an elastic, muscular, pear-shaped bag that lies crosswise beneath your diaphragm in your abdominal cavity. It is located between your intestines and your esophagus. Your stomach changes its shape and size according to what position your body is in. At its widest point, your stomach is about 6 inches wide and 12 inches long. In an adult, your stomach’s capacity is about 1 quart. Food enters your stomach from your esophagus. Gastric juices are then used to break down the food. The other end of your stomach empties into the duodenum, which is the first part of your small intestine. Gastroparesis is a condition in which the ability of your stomach to empty its contents is affected. Your stomach muscles do not function as they should. Normally, your stomach muscles contract and move food through your digestive tract. With gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach do not work properly or not at all. Gastroparesis is estimated to affect around 4% of the population of the United States. 25 to 55% of people with type 1 diabetes and 30% of people with type 2 diabetes have this condition. No one knows what causes gastroparesis. A possible cause is a disruption of nerve signals to your intestine. This involves your vagus nerve, which controls your stomach muscles. Your vagus nerve can be damaged by different things. These include diabetes and surgery to your small intestine or stomach. There are several different signs and symptoms that you may experience with gastroparesis. Some of these are: §  Gastroesophageal reflux or heartburn §  Malnutrition and unintentional weigh loss §  Lack of appetite §  Vomiting §  Abdominal bloating §  Feeling like you are full when you have only eaten a few bites §  Nausea §  Changes in your blood sugar levels. You or a loved one may be suffering from gastroparesis. This condition and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be the reason for your disability. Gastroparesis may be preventing you from working. You may need assistance if this is true. You may need financial help. You or your loved one may have decided to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by gastroparesis and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it. Have you or your loved one applied already and been denied by the Social Security Administration? If you or your loved one intends to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, think about this important fact. People who have a disability attorney working for them like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer.