According to endocrinology statistics compiled by the University of Rochester, millions of Americans suffer from an endocrine disorder such as diabetes, acute pancreatitis, osteoporosis, hypo- or hyperthyroidism, Addison’s Disease or Cushing’s Syndrome. These hormonal disorders can make it extremely difficult to function on a daily basis and may make it impossible for some people to maintain a consistent work schedule. Given the sheer numbers of people with diagnosed endocrine disorders and the vague nature of many symptoms associated with the disorders, it is vital that you follow up with your doctor if you suspect an imbalance.
Recognizing Hormonal Imbalances
The Social Security Administration clearly considers specific endocrine disorders as viable ailments for disability benefits. However, the severity of your symptoms must make it difficult, or even impossible, for you to consistently work for a livable wage. Although symptoms of an endocrine disorder vary widely and depend on the specific gland involved, some symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:
- Dizziness (low blood pressure)
- Excessive sweating
- Irritability, anxiety, and depression
- Insatiable cravings (sugar and salt)
- Hot flashes
- Digestive issues
- Excessive acne
- Changes in urination
- Sexual dysfunction / low libido
- Uncontrollable weight gain or loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Excessive bruising
- Weakened bones (easily fractured or sprained)
- Joint aches and pains
- Cold hands and feet
- Brain fog/loss of concentration
- Painful bumps or cysts
- Heart palpitations
If you experience any combination of these symptoms on a regular basis, make sure tell your doctor. The first step to relief is a diagnosis.
Share Your Experiences
If you suffer from an endocrine disorder that makes it difficult for you to work, please share your experiences with us. Have you struggled to qualify for disability benefits? Do you think the process is fair?
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