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Getting Approved For Thyroid Gland Disorders

When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance, there are some instances in which endocrine disorders are covered. Endocrine disorders are defined as a medical condition that causes a hormonal imbalance. According to SSA.gov, these cases are evaluated under the listings for other body systems as seen below.

Social Security Benefits

Pituitary Gland Disorders
Pituitary gland disorders disrupt hormone production and also the normal functions in other endocrine glands. The effects of this will vary depending on the hormones involved. As an example, if the pituitary function affects water and electrolytes in the kidney, then the effects are going to be evaluated under recurrent dehydration.

Thyroid Gland Disorders
Thyroid gland disorders affect both the nervous system and the normal metabolism of your body. Thyroid changes in your blood pressure and heart rate that cause cardiac dysfunction are evaluated under 4.00, weight loss related changes are evaluated under 5.00, strokes are evaluated under 11.00 and cognitive limitations or anxiety is evaluated under 12.00.

Parathyroid Gland Disorders
These gland disorders affect the calcium levels in various parts of your body and they are evaluated under a variety of different areas. Osteoporosis and fractures are evaluated under 1.00, abnormal calcium levels in the blood that causes cataracts are evaluated under 2.00, kidney failure is under 6.00 and low blood calcium levels are under 11.00.

Adrenal Gland Disorders
This gland disorder affects bone calcium levels, metabolism and mental state to name a few. Like the previously mentioned disorders, this is also evaluated under a couple different levels as well. Osteoporosis with fractures that prohibit the ability to walk is evaluated under 1.00, worsened heart failure is under 4.00, adrenal related weight loss is under 5.00 and mood disorders are evaluated under 12.00

If you are looking for treatment in the Cleveland or Akron area, there are several treatment centers around that can help. In the Cleveland area, the Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit medical center located on 100th Street in Cleveland. For those looking for an additional facility, University Hospitals is one of the leading health-care centers and has locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Lastly, MetroHealth is located in Cleveland and prides themselves on being an integrated health system. For those seeking treatment, the three places listed above can offer the most assistance to individuals.

The Social Security Administration evaluates several different hematological disorders: non-malignant (non-cancerous) disorders like anemias, thrombosis, and bone marrow failure, as well as malignant (cancerous) disorders, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma, for SSA benefits. Disorders that involve premature red blood cell destruction (hemolytic anemias like sickle cell anemia or thalassemia) can be acquired diseases or congenital. Other hemolytic disorders that involve abnormal hemoglobin structure, cell membrane or enzymes are also included in this classification. Blood disorders related to autoimmune disease (lupus, for example) are included, as are blood disorders caused by heart valves. Clotting and bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and thrombocytopenia, are examples of diseases evaluated by the SSA for benefits.

SSDI and Hematological Disorders

A lab test showing the abnormality is required. For example, plasma clotting factor tests showing a Protein C, Protein S, or Factor V Leiden abnormality would be needed to demonstrate a clotting disorder.

You will need the following documentation:

● A laboratory report signed by the doctor and showing evidence of the disorder.

● If the lab test itself is not signed, you need to have a doctor’s signed letter or report stating that you have sickle cell disorder.

● If a lab test is not present, SSA requires a diagnosis report from the physician stating that he/she ran the appropriate test(s), according to standard clinical practice, to diagnose your disorder.

The SSA will look at how your ability to function is impacted, and will also look at complications stemming from the disease. The will assess your ability to “function independently, appropriately, effectively, and on a sustained basis in a work setting.” You must have drastic physical and/or mental limitations in one of these areas: activities of daily living, social functioning, or deficiencies in concentration. The limitations can be caused by the disease itself, symptoms, or treatment and side effects.

SSA will also look at any hospitalizations that have resulted from your disorder, and the hospital stays do not all have to be for the same complication; they will consider hospitalizations resulting from three different complications of the disorder, such as infection, heart attack, or organ failure.

If you don’t already have medical care, consider the hematology experts at the Cleveland Clinic.