Disabling Condition: Pancreatitis

by Editorial Board on September 6, 2010 · 0 comments

in Pancreatitis

Social Security does not list pancreatitis but when severe, it is similar to other digestive disorders such as liver or crohn’s disease.


  1. Have you been diagnosed with acute or chronic pancreatitis?
  2. Is it painful?  If so, is it constant, or does it flare?
  3. Have you had x-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds of your stomach?
  4. Do you drink alcohol?

Pancreatitis is a very painful disease.  But Social Security usually only considers chronic pancreatitis disabling.  If the condition is acute and exacerbations are associated with alcohol consumption, benefits will not likely be awarded.  Social Security will consider the alcohol use as causing disability rather than the pancreatitis and the individual may also be regarded as being in non-compliance with medical treatment.

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