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   Posted 12/9/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering, does anyone know about the possiblity of going on disability.  I live in Ohio and I see that Colitis is on the list of approved illnesses for disability but not Crohns.  It is really hard to work and not miss a lot of days due to being sick.  It is hard to want to wake up and go to work when all you want to do is crawl under a rock.
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   Posted 12/9/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
You should look into it further...colitis is inflammation of the colon due to having either ulcerative colitis or crohns-colitis.

Doesn't make any sense at all that UC would be covered and not crohns since crohns is much worse that UC due to the fact that CD can affect the entire GI tract where as UC is limited to the colon and/or rectom.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 12/9/2007 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
If you can get a dr's note to be "out of work" you can probably go on disability.  I don't think it's the type of thing where you can go to work one day and be out the next b/c you aren't feeling well, you can't just be sick you have to be unable to work - they way I understand it is if you are out of work for a specified period of time you can be on disability but obviously call them directly to ask.   Good luck! 

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   Posted 12/10/2007 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok first off I have to agree with kasper on this.I am on disability and it took me over two years in order to get mine and as kasper said a lot harder than most think.

First off your doctors have to back you that you are unable to work and that you are not able to hold a job.If you don't have doctors to back you you can hang it up you want stand a chance at getting it.

If it is getting to the point that you know longer can work because of your crohns you need to talk to your doctor(s)and if they are willing to back you then you need to contack S.S and there are two way's you can do this one being they can send you your paper work to you in the mail or you can go to the S>S and get the paper work you need.

Once you have gotten your paper work filled out and sent back in (two way's either mail it back to them or take it back your self.)when you are asigned a case worker you will be notafied either by phone or mail(usally by mail)that case worker will then ask you question concerning what you arte basing your disability on.

I called S.S and asked for the forms be sent to me because there was no way that I could get there so I was sent my paper work.I all so did my interview over the phone as well.

When you fill your paper work out make sure that you make a copy of every thing,because believe me you will be asked the same questions several times and this way you can look back at them and be able to put the same answer as you did on your go around.

There are a veiw things that can help speed the process up and one of them being go to your doctor(s)and get a copy of your files(you might be charged a small fee)make a few extra copy's for your self. Once you have all of your files veiw them and make sure that it is right. believe me they can and offten do make erra in your files that if not corrected can cause you a loit of grief down the road.

By doing them it speed the process up because you are able to get your files and reports a lot faster than your case worker can. Once they have received every thing you will most likely will be asked to see one of ther doctor's for evalueastion(sp)as well and they will rein burst you for your out of pocket expenses.

There is alot more I can tell you and if you would like to e-mail me please feel free to do so.You can find my e-mail address by clicking on my name to the left.I just wanted to give you some idear as to what you will be looking at if you choose to file.

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   Posted 12/10/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Regional enteritis (Crohn's) is listed. They have parameters and a list of 5 steps to go through.
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/11/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I applied and was denied for SS disability in Ohio. I had been let go from my last job from missing too much work and had been written off work by my GI each time. I had no issues getting short term disability through jobs in the past, but SS is much harder. There are lots of forms/questions and ALL doctors who have treated you for any symptoms relating to Crohn's will have to fill out forms and release medical records. I also did the phone interview as mentioned above. You can fill out most of the application online as that's what I did. I think there were consent forms that I had to acutally sign and mail back for the release of my medical records, but I never actually went to an office or anything. By the time I was denied (I think it took about 4 months for a decision) I was recovering from resection surgery and hopeful that I would be able to go back to work. Just a suggestion, if you file and are denied, look into an attorney who specializes in these kind of SS denial/reapplication issues. I have an aunt and an uncle who have medical issues who were both denied the first time. My aunt got an attorney and was approved within 5 months of refiling. My uncle just reapplied himself (basically resumbitted the exact things from the first time) and he was approved also. I know the one thing they said to me in my "denial" letter was that during the last year I had been able to lift over 20 lbs if needed at work and that was an issue. It also stated that you have to physically not be able to do ANY job, not nessicarily the one you had been doing in the past. I was kind of sick on and off so there were times that I could work and times that I couldn't and that hurt me in their "standards". If you are really unable to work, keep trying!
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Crohn's DX Jan 2006 (Symptoms since 96-Misdiagnosed as "female" problems-Major flare during pregnancy in 05 which lead to DX)
1st resection July 2007
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