Diabetes and Diablilty

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-01 09:10:14 -0600
Started 2009-01-31 12:43:49 -0600

Can someone tell me if Diabetes is considered a disability that qualifies a person for SSI? Of all the things I've researched on the subject they are very vague and I just can't decide by what I've read if its a disability or not.

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Meridian - 26751
Meridian - 26751 2009-02-01 07:11:35 -0600 Report

The complications of diabetes can cause you to be disabled, but the disease itself is not debilitating.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-01 07:20:17 -0600 Report

That was what I was trying to get at. Guess I could have said it a little better. You're right, of course. It's the complications that are disabling.

rbergman 2009-02-01 09:05:44 -0600 Report

Every little "issue" i develop I always wonder if I weren't diabetic would this be happening to me. I have NLD on both legs, losing sight in my left eye, joint pain and arthritis in my hips, shoulders and hands, I'll be 40 this coming May and feel thats too young for some of the things I'm experiencing. I still get up every day and work with the cattle and other animals here, help during farming season, take care of the house and the kids and when weather permits take walks, I grumble and moan the entire time but if I lay down and give up and say I'm too sore or such its only going to make it worse so I'll just keep on plugging away as long as I can.

maryka48 2009-02-01 09:10:14 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed 2 years ago with diabetes this past June08 was diagnosed with neuropathy in my legs worse on my left side then my right it was to the point I had difficulty walking and retaining my balance I was told by my dr to apply for social security disablity which I did but haven't heard any thing yet..he my dr doubts that I will be able to return to full time work because of the extreme pain in my legs and my inability to sit or stand for any long periods of time, I also have hypothyroidism, sleep aphnea and back pain

rbergman 2009-01-31 16:54:10 -0600 Report

Thanks ladies, I was curious about it because I'd never heard of anyone being on disability for diabetes, seems there has to be more too it. If I hadn't gotten that information about it being considered a disability within a school setting I'd have never even thought of it as a disability, more just a pain in the azz to have to live with lol

Anngelia 2009-01-31 22:07:19 -0600 Report

I've been living with diabetes since I was 8 years old. I never considered it a disability. Like you I considered it a pain in the ass but not a disaility. But I did read something once about a parent fighting for it for their child. I dont think that does your child any favors and I would hate to label a child that way.

rbergman 2009-01-31 22:19:47 -0600 Report

I agree completely, our daughter has several issues due to auto-immune failure, thyroid condition, diabetes now and severe allergies, she also has to have flu and pneumonia shots and the common cold can reek havoc on her, we just finished with an 8 day stint of what to most is a sniffle but was more like flu to her, but even with all of that she is active, intelligent straight A student in school, the top of her reading group and does dance for the school, as long as she can function normally I don't consider it a disability, as we said, just another pain in the ass we will have to take a day at a time.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 22:22:29 -0600 Report

Unfortunately that's not the case with everyone, as I mentioned above. Congratulations to your wonderful daughter. She sounds amazing! And so lucky to have supportive parents who help her through dealing with it.

rbergman 2009-01-31 22:36:16 -0600 Report

Yes even with all her quirks we still feel very blessed to have her and with being diabetic myself and the complications I have due to it, if we can prevent her from acquiring any of them or other issues by doing the right things now maybe when she is my age they will have found a cure, wouldn't that be awesome!

Anngelia 2009-01-31 14:56:26 -0600 Report

I have been considered disabled for seveeral years now. I have both multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Although I have had diabetes for almost 40 years and ms for less than 10, I dont think any of my disability issues are due to the diabetes. I think the ms is the real culprit. If I could just have one disease or the other I would choose the diabetes hands down. With diabetes there are certain things you can do to make your life better. Eat right, excercise, check your blood sugar and if your insulin dependant go on a pump. At least with diabetes you have more control. Thats not to say that diabetes doenst have it's own set of challenges it just that you have more control over them.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 16:10:59 -0600 Report

I agree. I would choose the diabetes as well, and for the reasons you mentioned. In some cases diabetes may have reached the stage where you have some of the nasty complications that one can get if left untreated and/or uncontrolled for a period of time. I know there are many on disability under those circumstances.

Anngelia 2009-01-31 22:01:59 -0600 Report

I do think you are right, there are those who are on disability. And I dont mean to imply that everyone who has complications did something wrong. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. But most who have serious complications are because they just stopped trying or never started. Being disabled sucks and I wouldnt wish it on anyone.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 22:12:41 -0600 Report

I didn't take you to mean that at all. But, when you think that it could have caused an amputation, etc. - prevents them from working and caring for themselves - then it definitely is a disability. Diabetes varies from person to person, and sometimes is not caught until severe damage has already occurred. If people are unable to work because of it (neuropathy, etc.), that would certainly be a disability. The eyes are often effected too, of course, causing blindness.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 22:17:33 -0600 Report

Complications can come about because the person was unaware of having diabetes. There are millions walking around right now not knowing they are diabetic. By the time it is detected and treatment begun, enough damage could have been done to cause disablement. Then too we have a lot of folks out there who simply cannot afford to stay on top of their health, which is sad. The system is imperfect, and we end up helping some who perhaps do not merit it, but we can't overlook those who do need the help.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-31 22:20:54 -0600 Report

thats right lady di, i have pre-diabetes and have polyneuropathy,plus some eye problems! it started after i had lost a lot of weight, so i don't think weight had anything to do with it. now i can't walk the two miles a day and i've gained weight back. very discouraging!

Anngelia 2009-02-01 08:12:56 -0600 Report

My grandfather was a juvenile diabetic who ended up having a couple of toes amputated just before he died. His wife had a livein nurse but I dont think she was checking my grandfather's feet. The whole situation was very sad and probably could have been avoided. But oftem times elderly people tend to forget to do the simple things. Sometimes the young and capable do too.

rbergman 2009-02-01 09:03:09 -0600 Report

When I was younger my grandmother became ill and thought she was having a heart attack from the pain she was having, turned out she had gall stones and they put her in the hospital to remove them, while in recovery they discovered she was diabetic (type 2), her father and his father had also suffered from type 2, while in the hospital she developed gangrene in her foot and they amputated the leg just below the knee, this was my first experience of what diabetes can do to a person and scared me. my grandmother was always a very independent person and when they told her what they had had to do she died 2 days later, there was no reason for her to die other than they felt, and so did the family, that she willed herself to die, she felt that without that leg she was not going to be the person she once was, this was in the late 80's. I wish I could remember the details of how the infection started and was discovered and why they amputated so quickly after discovery, however my father didn't ever want to discuss it and he too has now passed away, he was type 2 also, suffering congestive heart failure, he was on a transplant list but by the time his name came to the top his other organs were already failing, he passed away in his mid 50s, my grandmother was in her early 70s. My father also did not know he had diabetes until he suffered a heart attack due to carbon monoxide poisoning, he was in his early 40s when diagnosed. I was a few months from turning 33 when I was diagnosed and I actually went to the doctor and told them I thought I should be checked, after watching my father and what he'd said and felt while diabetic i knew the signs and symptoms, sure enough I was right, and they diagnosed me with Type 2 also. Our daughter, who turned 7 in July 08 has now also been diagnosed, however they feel it is due to her auto-immune failure. Had that not been the trigger for her I cannot say whether she would have gotten diabetes, but I also fear that due to the way she got it that one of my other kids may still be apt to get it as well.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-31 14:30:31 -0600 Report

Diabetes can cause some to be "disabled", while others might not be affected to the extent it would disable them or make them unable to carry on with their lives and continue to work. Each case has to be handled individually.

Anonymous 2009-01-31 12:48:08 -0600 Report

I am on disability for both degenerating disc disease in my back and my diabetes. Actually my papers said disabling back diabetic when I was approved. Good luck to you.

rbergman 2009-01-31 13:18:12 -0600 Report

Thanks, I've never tried for disability for myself and it wasn't until my daughters last appointment that I ever heard of it considered as a disability. A pamphlet I found in the waiting room there called it a disability but the information was for school purposes and what childrens' rights are in a school setting, published by the ADA, but it didn't give any information other than for school purposes. This will be something I will have to ask her doctor about and see what she tells us.