Welcome to Healing Well, flustered! I'm glad that you decided to join. I hope that you find this site as helpful as I did when I first joined.
What type of arthritis do you have? There are several types of arthritis that effect the back. The most common is osteoarthritis or "wear and tear" arthritis that comes as we age. Some people with Crohn's get different types of arthritis that effect their backs. Spondyloarthropathy and ankylosing spondylitis both are more common among people with CD than in the general population.
I have had significant problems in my lower back due to the spondyloarthropathy associated with CD. I have great difficulty sitting for more than 10-15 minutes at a stretch. The best thing I did was get into see a rheumatologist to get my back and joint pains evaluated. Would this be an option for you?
We have several members that receive either Social Security Disability Income, Supplemental Security Income, or disability through their employer. I know that some had several rejections from Social Security before finally getting approved. I do know that some states move more quickly than others getting people into hearings. Hopefully one of our members with more experience in this will stop by and relate their experiences.
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CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, diffuse connective tissue disease, Sjogren's Syndrome ?