Q I’m worried! After not being able to work for a few months, my doctor finally diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. What does this mean for me, and does hypothyroidism qualify me for Social Security disability in Massachusetts?
Hypothyroidism is a disorder in your thyroid gland that causes you to produce too little hormone. This can have a significant impact on your ability to work, including causing extreme fatigue or mental sluggishness, muscle weakness, or a slowed heart rate. All of these can have a major effect on your ability to perform a variety of types of jobs, including sedentary work.
Although the Social Security Administration does not provide a specific for hypothyroidism as a disability, there are many ways you may still qualify to receive benefits when you are no longer able to work. You can apply to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Massachusetts for the symptoms rather than for your thyroid disorder. Here are a few disability benefits that may be available to you depending on your symptoms:
- If your hypothyroidism causes heart related conditions, you can apply under listing 4.00, cardiovascular system disabilities.
- If your hypothyroidism causes depression, anxiety, or any other cognitive disorders, you may apply under listing 12.00, mood disorders.
- If your hypothyroidism causes unexplained weight gain, you may qualify under listing 5.08, digestive systems.
Although there are numerous ways to qualify, applying and being approved for Massachusetts SSDI for hypothyroidism can be difficult. It is a good idea to put the help of a skilled Social Security disability attorney on your side; that way, you can be confident you filled out your application fully and accurately to help you increase your chances at being accepted. Call us today at 888-904-6847 to learn more about how a Massachusetts Social Security disability attorney at Keefe Disability Law may be able to help.