What are the symptoms of cirrhosis?
Early symptoms of cirrhosis may include
- feeling tired or weak
- poor appetite
- losing weight without trying
- nausea and vomiting
- mild pain or discomfort in the upper right side of your abdomen
As liver function gets worse, you may have other symptoms, including
- bruising and bleeding easily
- confusion, difficulties thinking, memory loss, personality changes, or sleep disorders
- swelling in your lower legs, ankles, or feet, called edema
- bloating from buildup of fluid in your abdomen, called ascites
- severe itchy skin
- darkening of the color of your urine
- yellowish tint to the whites of your eyes and skin, called jaundice
Essential Medical Documentation for Disability Benefits:
- How far can you walk?
- How long can you stand?
- How much can you lift and carry?
- Are you easily fatigued? What physical activity is your limit?
- How frequent and severe are symptoms of nausea, headaches, cramps?
- Have you had dialysis or are scheduled to have dialysis?
- Do you have difficulty with concentration and focusing?
- Do you have problems with your memory?
- Do you have periods where you are confused?
SSA utilizes the term "Impairments" (and resulting "limitations" - why you cannot work) are the essential bits of information that must be clearly and consistently documented throughout your medical history by the treating sources (medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists).
SSA additionally utilizes the term "Residual Functional Capacity" (RFC); this is a key concept related to the resulting physical and/or mental impairments from conditions for which the disability claim is based upon and the impact upon ability to work.
SSA has its own forms that are used for Physical RFC here and for Mental RFC here. These forms can be filled out by the treating source who has the opportunity to examine the patient and understand the limitations which result from his/her condition and thereby document with specificity in the language of SSA disability.
SSA "Listing" or "Blue Book" description for Cirrhosis (Chronic Liver Disease) can be found here (see 5.05)
Your disablity lawyer must work closely with your treating physician to get the proper documentation of your specific findings and impairments into the medical records. At Law Med that's what we do.