Social Security Administration Must Expedite Approval of Disability Claims for Patients with IBD

January 5, 2015 8:47 PM

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Patients with IBD depend on medication (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, steroids, and immunosuppressants) to control the inflammation, ulceration, and pain caused by these diseases. While beneficial, these medications can cause severe side effects including nausea, vomiting, heartburn, night sweats, insomnia, hyperactivity, high blood pressure and stunted growth in children. Patients on immunosuppressants are at risk of developing lymphoma, tuberculosis, kidney and liver damage, anaphylaxis, seizures, and potentially serious or fatal infections.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can also cause issues in other parts of the body, including inflammation of the eye, mouth sores, arthritis, osteoporosis, gallstones, kidney stones, skin rashes and ulcerations, blood clots, anemia and neurological conditions, such as seizures, stroke, headach...

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