Petition for Recognizing Gastroparesis as a Disability by the SSA

This is a debilitating illness that in severe cases leaves individuals home bound and unable to work.

This petition is being created in the hopes of one day having the Social Security Administration recognize Gastroparesis as a disability. We are asking congress to support this request by the people. This condition is a very debilitating illness. It causes severe stomach pain, bloating, vomiting, and nausea; to mention just a few of the symptoms. It can lead to malnourishment, due to lack of appetite; loss of income, due to termination of employment caused by numerous missed work days; and being restricted to a home bound lifestyle, due to complications of the illness and constant sickness. In severe cases, Gastroparesis can also lead to death, due to starvation from the inability eat and digest food properly; infections and complications in patients who are on feeding tubes or Parenteral Nutrition (TPN); and very serious surgeries that cannot be reversed and that reduce the quality of life greatly. In addition, there are usually other health conditions that are associated with this illness. We desperately need Gastroparesis recognized as a disability by the SSA, for those who are severely suffering and can no longer hold down a job. We are entitled to these benefits and should be able to receive them. Gastroparesis is on the rise, which is why we need to make this a reality. In a study published by Current Gastroenterology Reports in 2007, 29% of people had developed Gastroparesis as a result of having Diabetes; 36% of people had idiopathic Gastroparesis (cause unknown); and in 13% of the people, it was caused by complication of surgeries. There are approximately 5 million people in just the United States living with this horrible illness. It is now time to take a stand and force our congressmen and government officials to listen to us and see that something is done to make this happen. Please sign this petition and make your voice heard!! Thank you!

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Public Comments (12,074)
Nov 26th, 2018
Charles Q. from Van Buren, AR writes:
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My name is Charles Quinlivan and I was diagnosed with gastroparesis in May of 2017. Before being diagnosed I was able to work and enjoy my life. Now it’s a struggle to get out of bed. I have been fighting disability for a year now and have been denied 3 times. I was released from my job due to missing to much work and lack of performance. All this is due to my illness, Gastroparesis. I really need this disability. My wife is now the soul provider and I am now so far behind in child support I may end up in jail. I have tried my hardest to do everything the right way and now have absolutely nothing to show for it. Please help get SSA to recognize gastroparesis as a disability so other people do not have to struggle like I have.
Aug 7th, 2018
Katherine C. from Memphis, TN writes:
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I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis 9 years ago, my health is failing me and I have no control! Being sick with horrible pain, nausea and vomiting is so unfair! I went to the ER due to my feeding tube coming out, my husband put it back in! I was called a drug seeker and that’s not the truth! These doctors have no clue of the amount of suffering we go through! I can work, I was fired from my job after 10 years for being sick! I’ve applied for disability in August 2017! By the time I’m approved, I made be dead from starvation! I have a feeding tube put in my stomach! Please help us! I need my disability! Please help us and recognize this disease will end in death! I’m 53! GP Warrior for life
Aug 7th, 2018
Katherine C. from Memphis, TN writes:
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I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis 9 years ago, my health is failing me and I have no control! Being sick with horrible pain, nausea and vomiting is so unfair! I went to the ER due to my feeding tube coming out, my husband put it back in! I was called a drug seeker and that’s not the truth! These doctors have no clue of the amount of suffering we go through! I can work, I was fired from my job after 10 years for being sick! I’ve applied for disability in August 2017! By the time I’m approved, I made be dead from starvation! I have a feeding tube put in my stomach! Please help us! I need my disability! Please help us and recognize this disease will end in death! I’m 53! GP Warrior for life
Aug 7th, 2018
Katherine C. from Memphis, TN writes:
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I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis 9 years ago, my health is failing me and I have no control! Being sick with horrible pain, nausea and vomiting is so unfair! I went to the ER due to my feeding tube coming out, my husband put it back in! I was called a drug seeker and that’s not the truth! These doctors have no clue of the amount of suffering we go through! I can work, I was fired from my job after 10 years for being sick! I’ve applied for disability in August 2017! By the time I’m approved, I made be dead from starvation! I have a feeding tube put in my stomach! Please help us! I need my disability! Please help us and recognize this disease will end in death! I’m 53! GP Warrior for life
Jul 7th, 2018
Sarah G. from Dallas, NC writes:
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Some days I wake up wondering if life is worth living if it has to be lived like this. This disease is debilitating, my quality of life is gone. I can’t do anything I used to do. I can’t enjoy a dinner out with friends or family. I missed out on most of my sisters wedding. Help us. Be aware. Raise awareness. Find a cure. We’re starving for a cure.
May 28th, 2018
Fatimah D. from Columbus, OH writes:
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I just recently got diagnosed with Gastroparesis, thia is not something we just make up to be ill or even have a reason not to work. Alot of ppl have very normal life styles working able to be out with friends. All these things changes within months. I can still eat food for now but not sure for how long because it hurts like crazy to even drink water at times. I am also a post gastric bypass patient and post kidney transplant patient.The things we go through on a day to day basis with our illnesses is scary and painful. Please help us get this bill pass for families all over the world. This can be one of your family remembers then what? Help us
May 28th, 2018
Laquita L. from Gibsonville, NC writes:
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My daughter literally vomits after every meal, snack, even a drink of water. This has been going on since December 9, 2017. She finally got so weak and had lost 60 pound that her husband and I took her to Duke Hospital because we were afraid she may die. That was on May6, 2018. She was given this horrible diagnosis of gastroparesis. She is on medication but it hasn’t been much help. She has followed the dietary restrictions to the letter. As a mother. I feel helpless.
May 1st, 2018
Lisa K. from Williamsport, PA writes:
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Gastroperesis is a painful, physical and emotionally devastating disease. The detrimental toll on the body and mind is unforgivable. I have been suffering for years. Lost my career. My quality of life.
Apr 30th, 2018
Amy T. from Skowhegan, ME writes:
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It's an awful thing to watch someone in this kind of pain, no medication works, can't have anything for the pain... Literally slowly starve to death in front of you.
Apr 30th, 2018
Amy T. from Skowhegan, ME writes:
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It's an awful thing to watch someone in this kind of pain, no medication works, can't have anything for the pain... Literally slowly starve to death in front of you.

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