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Necrotizing Colitis and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Necrotizing Colitis and Receiving Social Security Disability Your colon is made up of your large intestine, anus and rectum. It is the end portion of your gastrointestinal tract (GI) that runs from your mouth to your anus. The main tasks of your colon are the formation and elimination of feces and the absorption of minerals and water. Your colon has nearly 60 varieties of bacteria or microflora to aid your digestion, maintain pH (acid-base) balance, prevent proliferation of harmful bacteria and promote vital nutrient production. Necrotizing colitis is a specific infection of your colon. This infection is caused by an overgrowth of a bacteria that is referred to as “Clostridium difficile” (C. difficile). The Clostridium difficile bacterium is normally present in your colon. However, C. difficile bacteria may overgrow when you are taking certain antibiotics. The bacteria release a powerful toxin that leads to the signs and symptoms of necrotizing colitis. The lining of your colon becomes raw and bleeds. Cephalosporins, clindamycin and ampicillin are the most common antibiotics that are associated with this disease in children. Necrotizing colitis is rare in infants under 12 months old because infants are blessed with protective antibodies from their mother. Also, the toxin does not result in disease in most infants. Necrotizing colitis occurs much more often in adults than it does in children. This disease usually develops when a person is in the hospital where the bacteria can spread from one patient to another. Around 1 out of every 200 patients who are admitted to a hospital in the United States are affected by necrotizing colitis. There are other names for necrotizing colitis. These include antibiotic-associated colitis, C. difficile colitis, colitis-pseudomembranous and pseudomembranous colitis. As has already been mentioned above, antibiotics are what can result in necrotizing colitis. This is due to their upsetting the normal bacterial balance inside of your colon. The overgrowth of the C. difficile or other bacteria causes the release of powerful toxins that lead to the inflammation of your colon. There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with necrotizing colitis. Some of these are: ?  Dehydration ?  Watery diarrhea that may occur 5 to 10 times a day ?  Nausea ?  An urge to have a bowel movement ?  Pus or mucus in your stools ?  Stools that are bloody ?  Mild to severe abdominal cramps ?  Low-grade fever. You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with necrotizing colitis. Necrotizing colitis and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other ailments that you have in conjunction with this disease may have resulted in the disability of you or your loved one and be the reason why you are unable to work. If this is the case, you may need assistance. 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 that has developed from necrotizing colitis and/or complications that have been brought about by it or other ailments that you have in conjunction with this disease. You may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one is intending to reapply or appeal the denial, there is a crucial fact that you really need to think carefully about that you may not know about. The simple truth is that people who have a disability lawyer on their side like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney. Please do not wait until tomorrow. This could mean so much to you or your loved one. Contact the disability lawyer at, today.
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