Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease where an individual’s immune
system attacks the myelin sheath that covers the nerves. The myelin sheath
is a fatty substance that protects the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal
cord. Myelin is similar to the insulation that covers electrical wires;
when it is damaged, the messages that travel along the affected nerve
are slowed or blocked entirely.
The medical community does not know what causes MS, however, it is believed
to be an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks
its own tissues. When the myelin is damaged, it disrupts the communication
between the brain and the rest of the body, causing the nerves to sustain
irreversible damage. Currently, there is no cure for MS.
The signs and symptoms of MS vary depending upon which nerve fibers are
affected. MS symptoms may include:
- Slurred speech
- Double vision or blurry vision
- Tingling or pain
- Partial or complete loss of vision
- Pain during eye movement
- Numbness in the limbs
- Unsteady gait
- Weakness in one or more limbs
- Electric shock sensations in the neck
- Lack of coordination
- Problems with bladder and bowel function
Most people afflicted with MS experience a relapsing-remitting course,
with new symptoms that develop over a period of a days or weeks, and then
go into remission. About 60 to 70% of people suffering from MS will develop
a steady progression of worsening symptoms, either with or without remission.
While others will experience a gradual onset without any relapses (primary
While MS can occur at any age, it typically affects people between the
ages of 15 and 60. MS can cause muscle stiffness or spasms, paralysis,
MS: Applying for SSD Benefits
MS is on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments
under neurological disorders. If you have been diagnosed with MS, you
should apply for
Social Security Disability benefits right away. It can take up to five months to process your application;
therefore, the sooner you get started the better.
Contact a Plano Social Security Disability attorney from the
Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC for professional assistance with your SSD application. We can help you
gather all of the necessary paperwork and ensure that the process goes
as swift and smooth as possible.