Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system; it’s described as an “unpredictable” and “disabling” disease that interrupts communication between the brain and the body. As of this writing, the cause of MS is unknown; however, scientists believe that unidentified environmental factors and genetic predisposition are involved.
MS varies from individual to individual and its progression is unpredictable. The disease is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “at least two to three times more women than men” are diagnosed with MS.
Facts about MS from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
- MS affects more than 2.3 million people across the world.
- MS is not contagious and it is not directly inherited.
- Since there is no single test for MS, it can be difficult to diagnose.
- While MS occurs in the majority of ethnic groups, it’s most prevalent among Caucasians.
Common Symptoms Associated With MS
The symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person-to-person. Not only that, but individual symptoms can fluctuate over time. Some of the most common symptoms associated with MS, include:
- Spasticity (feelings of stiffness)
- Vison problems
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Numbness or tingling
- Difficulty walking
- Bladder and bowl problems
- Cognitive changes
- Emotional changes
The above are the most common symptoms of MS; some of the less common symptoms include tremor, speech problems, difficulty swallowing, seizures, itching, and breathing issues. MS also has what are called “tertiary symptoms,” which refer to the “trickle down” effects, and these include social and psychological complications caused by the disease, such as depression.
Listing of Impairments: Multiple Sclerosis
MS is on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments under neurological disorders. If you have been diagnosed with MS, you may qualify for valuable Social Security Disability benefits.
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