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Disability Benefits for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Social Security Disability Lawyers: Riverside, North San Diego & Orange Counties

 
Disability Benefits for NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) and NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis)

If you do have symptoms, you may feel tired or have discomfort in the upper right side of your abdomen.

What causes NAFLD and NASH?

Experts are still studying the causes of NAFLD and NASH. Research suggests that certain health conditions make you more likely to develop NAFLD or NASH.

Causes of NAFLD
You are more likely to develop NAFLD—either simple fatty liver or NASH—if you
  • are overweight or obese
  • have insulin resistance 
  • have abnormal levels of fats in your blood, which may include
  • have metabolic syndrome or one or more traits of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of traits and medical conditions linked to overweight and obesity. People with metabolic syndrome are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Experts think NAFLD may be closely linked to metabolic syndrome. Doctors define metabolic syndrome as the presence of any three of the following:
    • large waist size
    • high levels of triglycerides in your blood
    • low levels of HDL cholesterol in your blood
    • high blood pressure
    • higher than normal blood glucose levels
  • have type 2 diabetes

Research also suggests that certain genes may make you more likely to develop NAFLD. Experts are still studying the genes that may play a role in NAFLD.

In NAFLD, people have a buildup of fat in the liver that is not caused by alcohol use. If you have a history of heavy alcohol use and fat in your liver, your doctor may determine that you have alcoholic liver disease  instead of NAFLD.

Reference: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/liver-disease/nafld-nash/symptoms-causes

Essential Medical Documentation of Kidney Failure 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.

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.

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