If you or someone you know has an endocrine disorder such as hypoglycemia, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), which is work that earns income above a certain threshold per month. In 2017, this is $1,170 for non-blind disabled applicants and $1,950 for blind applicants.

The major glands of the endocrine system are the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas. A hormonal imbalance is caused by a medical condition which is typically an endocrine disorder. A hormonal imbalance may cause various complications and if endocrine glands function abnormally, they may produce either an excess of a specific hormone (hyperfunction) or hormone deficiency (hypofunction).

The Social Security Administration (“SSA” or “Social Security”) evaluates the effects of endocrine disorders by evaluating impairments that result from endocrine disorders under the listings for other body systems. Examples include pituitary gland disorders which disrupt hormone production and normal functioning in other endocrine glands and other body systems. The effects vary based on the hormones involved.

Thyroid gland disorders affect the sympathetic nervous system and normal metabolism. Social Security evaluates thyroid-related changes in blood pressure and heart rate that cause arrhythmias or other cardiac dysfunction under the cardiovascular system; thyroid-related weight loss under the digestive system; hypertensive cerebrovascular accidents or strokes under neurological disorders; and cognitive limitations, mood disorders, and anxiety under mental disorders. In some cases, thyroid disease can cause the eyes to bulge out of their sockets.  I have seen such cases.  Thankfully, there is a surgery to return the eyes to their correct anatomical position. However, when bulging out (this fish eye), the lids typically cannot close, the eye itch, and become a major source of irritation. It may take time to identify the condition, treat the underlying hormone issue and return the vision to a useful level.   I have won cases based on a visual problem secondary to a thyroid disease.

Parathyroid gland disorders may affect calcium levels in bone, blood, nerves, muscle, and other body tissues. Social Security evaluates parathyroid-related osteoporosis and fractures under the musculoskeletal system; abnormally elevated calcium levels in the blood (hypercalcemia) that lead to cataracts under impairments of the senses and speech; kidney failure under genitourinary disorders; and recurrent abnormally low blood calcium levels (hypocalcemia) that lead to increased excitability of nerves and muscles, such as tetany and muscle spasms, under neurological disorders.  Again, it is usually the fallout from the diseases that win cases.

Adrenal gland disorders may affect bone calcium levels, blood pressure, metabolism, and mental status.  The SSA evaluates adrenal-related osteoporosis with fractures that compromises the ability to walk or to use the upper extremities under the musculoskeletal system; adrenal-related hypertension that worsens heart failure or causes recurrent arrhythmias under the cardiovascular system; adrenal-related weight loss under the digestive system; and abnormal mood conditions under mental disorders.  I have handled many cases with adrenal fatigue.  Such clients have overwhelming symptoms, and are typically chronically low of energy.  They are particularly stress sensitive.

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