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Multiple Sclerosis & SSD Benefits

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:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • 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 progressive MS).

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, and epilepsy.

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.