Can I Work with Chronic Anemia?

What is Chronic Anemia?

Chronic Anemia is not a disease in and of itself, but is a symptom of several different medical conditions. Chronic Anemia is defined by a severely low red blood cell count. Typical symptoms of anemia include dizziness, fainting, fatigue, lack of energy, and shortness of breath.

In some cases, those who suffer from anemia require blood transfusions.

Some of the medical conditions which typically cause chronic anemia are Sickle Cell Anemia, Kidney Disease, Certain Cancers, Gastritis, Ulcers, Liver Disease and Hypothyroidism. Chronic Anemia can also be caused by a poor diet, especially if your diet is low in iron.

Qualifying for Social Security Benefits with Chronic Anemia

The guidelines used by the Social Security Administration to determine whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits due to Chronic Anemia require that you need blood transfusions at least every other month.

Chronic Anemia sufferers may also qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if their anemia is a result of other conditions which qualify them.

Additionally, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits if you can show that the symptoms related to your Chronic Anemia are so severe that you cannot be expected to perform any meaningful work. Proving this can be challenging, and usually requires you to go through the SSA’s appeals process.

Chronic Anemia and Your Ability to Perform Physical Work

Because Chronic Anemia can cause you to become easily fatigued, to become dizzy, or even to have fainting spells; it may make it difficult for you to perform physical work. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to show that your Chronic Anemia makes it unreasonable to expect that you will be able to sustain an eight hour work day five days a week which requires any kind of physical activity.

If the SSA determines that you can perform any job you have worked at in the past 15 years, you are likely to be turned down (at least initially) for Social Security Disability benefits.

You should make sure that all physical limitations related to your Chronic Anemia are listed and supported by your attending physician. You will especially want to make sure that limitations on sitting, standing, bending, lifting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling are notated, as the Social Security Administration will use your ability to perform these actions as a gauge to determine what kinds of physical labor you may be capable of.

Chronic Anemia and Your Ability to Perform Sedentary Work

It is sometimes more difficult for Chronic Anemia sufferers to show that they are incapable of performing sedentary work, as by definition, it does not require much physical exertion. You will need to prove that you cannot sit for extended periods of time, or that you can’t perform repetitive tasks.

Proving that you are incapable of performing sedentary work becomes easier as you get older because the Social Security Administration tends to regard those over 55 as being too old to reasonably train for a different type of career than the ones they have performed in the past.

If you are not yet 55, the SSA will look at your ability to perform jobs requiring manual dexterity (such as assembling components with small parts) and any education or previous work experience, which would allow you to work at jobs which don’t require much physical labor.

Seek the Counsel of a Social Security Attorney

Dizziness and fainting are conditions which may make it impossible for you to perform sedentary work, and should be documented thoroughly in your Social Security Disability application; including dates, times and durations of your symptoms.

Having a Social Security Disability lawyer help you with the application and appeals process can prove invaluable, as professional Social Security Disability representatives tend to know what the SSA is looking for in determining whether you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.