Oregon residents with endocrine disorders may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits under SSA guidelines. An endocrine disorder is a medical condition that leads to an imbalance of hormones in the body. An endocrine gland that is not functioning correctly will produce too much or too little of a specific hormone causing an imbalance.
Major endocrine glands include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreas. Pituitary gland dysfunction can cause dysfunction in other glands and systems in the body, leading to physical impairment.
Thyroid gland disorders can lead to changes in blood pressure, strokes, weight changes, heart arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) and other heart function disorders. Cognitive processes, mood and anxiety can occur as the result of thyroid dysfunction.
Disorders of the parathyroid can affect bone calcium levels leading to osteoporosis and fractures. Excitability of nerves and muscles such as muscle spasms can also result from parathyroid dysfunction.
Problems with the adrenal gland can lead to changes in blood pressure, metabolism, mental status and changes in blood calcium levels that can lead to worsening heart failure and heart arrhythmias.
Disorders of the pancreas include an interruption in the production of insulin can result in diabetes. Insulin is required to control blood sugar levels. Pancreatic dysfunction can lead to chronic hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), diabetic ketoacidosis (elevated blood sugar and blood acidity) and chronic hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Individuals making claims for disability for endocrine disorders must provide evidence of persistent endocrine dysfunction including a longitudinal health history showing regular treatment for endocrine disorders. Diagnoses, treatment records including hospitalizations and laboratory test results may also be submitted as evidence of endocrine disorders.
Claimants must meet guidelines for the inability to perform substantial gainful activity as the result of endocrine disorders and that the condition can expect to last 12 months or more.
Source: Social Security Online, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security – Section 9.00 Endocrine Disorders.”