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Symptoms of Hemochromatosis Could Qualify for SSDI in New Hampshire


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4/7/2014
John L. Keefe
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You know it all too well. Your knees, hips, and shoulders hurt with every move, getting up in the morning is more of a chore than it should be, and the pain that strikes in your stomach is enough to make you never want to eat again.

Hemochromatosis can be a painful disorder to live with. Characterized by your body absorbing more iron than it needs, this disorder can leave you weak, tired, and unable to work. Worse yet, these symptoms are just the beginning. When that happens, you may start to look at the possibility to receive Social Security disability benefits in New Hampshire for your hemochromatosis.

Disabling Conditions Caused by Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis can be caused by genetics or by a blood-related disorder. As hemochromatosis progresses, the condition can have a direct impact on your organs, leaving you to deal with more disabling symptoms.

Here are some of the ways your organs may be impacted:

  • Chronic liver disease, or cirrhosis resulting in damage to your liver
  • Diabetes as a result of damage to your pancreas
  • Cardiovascular problems as a result of damage to your heart
  • Graying of your skin
  • Certain types of cancer

Many times, hemochromatosis is difficult to diagnose in the beginning because the symptoms look similar to many other types of non-disabling symptoms. As your organs begin to be impacted, you may no longer be able to work. When this happens, Social Security disability may be an option to help support you financially.

Filing Your Application for SSDI in New Hampshire for Hemochromatosis

There is not a specific listing by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for this condition. Instead, when your condition worsens, you must apply under the listing that corresponds with the affected organ.

For example, if your cardiovascular system is impacted by hemochromatosis, you must apply under either the listing for Chronic Heart Failure or Recurrent Arrhythmias depending on your diagnosis.

If your symptoms—such as fatigue, joint pain, and weight loss—have made it difficult for you to work, but you have not had any of your organs impacted, you might be able to receive SSDI by applying using a Residual Functional Capacity form. This form lets you outline how your symptoms and ailments specifically impact your ability to work, showing the SSA why you need Social Security disability.

Do you suffer from hemochromatosis? Let us know which symptoms are the most disabling for you in the comments below.



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