Your thyroid gland plays a vital role in your overall health. It produces hormones needed to control your body’s temperature, appetite, energy level, and more. When it’s too active, or not active enough, it can cause havoc on your body. If your thyroid is unable to function well, you may suffer from disabling symptoms that can prevent you from working. When this happens, you may qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits.
There are two main types of thyroid disorders that may qualify you for Social Security in New Hampshire:
- Hyperthyroidism. This is characterized by having too much hormone released into your body. When this happens, you may have a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, or hot flashes without reason. In severe cases, it can leave you short of breath, with muscle weakness, or with chest pain. All of these symptoms can have a significant impact on your ability to work.
- Hypothyroidism. This is the opposite of hyperthyroidism and is characterized by having too little hormone released into your system. It can be caused congenitally such as from removal of the thyroid gland during surgery, from an inflammatory condition, or from exposure to X-rays or radiation treatments. If you suffer from hypothyroidism, you may be fatigued, have a slow heart rate, gain weight and feel mentally sluggish. These symptoms may be mild, but they can also become severe if not treated.
Social Security does not list thyroid disorders as a disability; however, there are still ways to get Social Security disability in New Hampshire for a thyroid disorder. Depending on the symptoms you experience, you can apply for Social Security based on your disability. For example, if your thyroid disorder causes a heart condition, you may be able to apply for Social Security under the heart condition listing.
If you were denied for New Hampshire Social Security disability for a thyroid disorder, it is a good idea to reach out to a Manchester Social Security attorney. At Keefe Disability Law, we know what to look for and how to file an appeal that will increase your chances at being approved for the benefits you need. Call us today at 888-904-6847 to get started.