The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance in analyzing each and every avenue to benefit eligibility. The Sullivan Law Office focuses on the fact that every application for social security benefits is unique to the individual and that each applicant should understand every necessary detail before they file an application and the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility.

Interstitial cystitis (IC), also commonly known as painful bladder syndrome, is the chronic inflammation of the wall of the bladder. IC causes pain other irregularities during urination that may be disabling to individuals. Interstitial cystitis does not have a specific disability listing in the SSA’s Blue Book that contains the listing of impairments. Yet, there are still three other ways in which applicants may be deemed “disabled” for IC under a listing.

While IC often goes into remission in people afflicted with it, symptoms that occur include discomfort during urination, an increased urge to urinate, pelvic pain, and even pain during sex. The condition may flare up during exercise, stress, menstruation, sex, and sitting for an extended period of time. Long-term effects of IC include anxiety, depression, the bladder’s decreased capacity to contain urine, sleep deprivation caused by the frequent need to urinate, and chronic pain.

Treatment for interstitial cystitis includes lifestyle changes to diet, as well as medication such as painkillers, antidepressants, and antihistamines. These medications may also have side effects that include dizziness, headache, fatigue, and drowsiness. There are a few tests such as urinalysis, urine culture, urine cytology, cystoscopy, and biopsy of the bladder wall that may be used to prove symptoms of interstitial cystitis.

To qualify for disability benefits for IC, applicants must show the presence of some or all of the following symptoms with no other medical explanation for the symptoms:

  • The frequent urge to urinate;
  • Tenderness in the pelvic area on physical examination;
  • Pain in the pelvis and bladder;
  • Hunner’s ulcers on the bladder wall after a cystoscopy; and/or
  • Pinpoint bleeding on the bladder wall caused by reoccurring irritation after a cystoscopy.

If an application for social security benefits has been denied, and you’re confused and frustrated because you don’t know why. Mike Sullivan understands. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.I Have Interstitial Cystitis - Do I Qualify For Disability Benefits? Part 1: Symptoms