Is ulcerative colitis causing you such severe issues that you wonder if disability benefits are an option? It’s a possibility.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis (UC) is a condition that entails inflammation and ulceration of the colon and rectum. UC affects the innermost lining of the colon, or large intestine, and rectum.
Symptoms of UC may develop over time. Like any other IBD, UC can have severe symptoms. Some of these severe symptoms of UC include:
- Abdominal cramps and pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent diarrhea
- Unintentional weight loss
- Urgent bowel movements
Can you work if you have ulcerative colitis?
You can work with UC, requesting accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These accommodations may include:
- Extra breaks or rest periods
- Flexible work hours (for medical appointments or to address symptoms)
- Having a desk or workspace closer to a restroom
- Paid or unpaid leave for hospital treatments
- Working from home (for more severe symptoms)
In addition, you might be eligible to receive disability benefits as you continue working.
Does ulcerative colitis qualify for disability?
The listed UC symptoms can impact your quality of life, ability to work, and how you carry out everyday tasks.
According to the ADA, a person qualifies as having a disability if they have