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Crohn's disease a qualifying condition for SSI

Those living with Crohn's disease in New Jersey know just how debilitating the inflammatory bowel disease can be. For some, the disease may be in remission right now, while for others the pain is almost unbearable. However, with approximately 700,000 Americans in the U.S. living with the disease, it may help to know that no one is alone and there may be ways to go about receiving supplemental income.

Researchers believe that with Crohn's disease, the body's immune system attacks harmless intestinal bacteria. This is problematic as these harmless bacteria help digestion. When the body attacks these harmless intestinal bacteria, this causes inflammation, which can be painful. It can also cause further issues as the body has a hard time absorbing nutrients.

With Crohn's disease, researchers have found a genetic link with it tending to run in families. 

There is no cure for Crohn's disease, but those with the disease have found some relief by avoiding certain triggers, such as spicy foods, cigarette smoking and alcohol. Eating properly, staying hydrated and taking certain medications may also help.

In some cases though, surgery may be necessary. In fact, up to 70 percent of those with Crohn's disease will end up needing surgery. A typical surgery is to have the diseased part of the intestine removed and the healthy ends reconnected.

For those with Crohn's disease, it may not be possible to work. If this is the case, now is the time to start looking into Supplemental Security Income. 

SSI is a federal program for those who have never worked or have not worked enough to qualify for Social Security Disability. Considering the age that Crohn's disease usually first attacks -- between the ages of 13 and 30 -- it would make sense that someone with Crohn's disease would not have earned enough working credits for Social Security disability. 

This is where an attorney with experience handling SSI cases in New Jersey can step in to advocate on behalf of a person with Crohn's disease. 

Source: U.S. News and World Report, "Crohn's Disease: Symptoms and Treatment," Guido R. Zanni, Aug. 3, 2013

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