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Does multiple sclerosis qualify you for disability benefits?

It can be frustrating when your physical condition prevents you from working, supporting your Alabama family and enjoying life as you did in the past. This can be especially true for individuals who have progressive illnesses that can eventually leave them disabled, such as multiple sclerosis. MS can rob you of your ability to hold gainful employment and earn a living wage.

If you have MS and you cannot work, you could be eligible for disability benefits through a federal program. Even with a valid disability, such as MS, you may find it difficult to get the financial support you need. It may be helpful for you to have experienced guidance even from the initial stages of your claim. 

What multiple sclerosis can mean for your life 

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects both the brain and central nervous system. Some people who have MS are able to lead relatively normal lives, including hold a job. In many cases, this disease is progressive, which means that it can continue to affect the victim in increasing measure over time. This illness affects the nerves, and it can disrupt the way the brain communicates with the rest of the body. 

The way that MS will affect a person differs greatly from case to case. However, some of the most common symptoms and side effects include the following:

  • Double vision and difficulty with speech
  • Dizziness and ongoing fatigue
  • Problems with bowel and bladder functions 
  • Weakness in the limbs or numbness in the extremities
  • Vision loss, either partially or completely, in one eye or both
  • Tingling in various parts of the body and difficulty moving

Any of the above issues could make it difficult for you to work or work as you used to before the progression of your disease. The Social Security Administration holds a strict definition of disability, but MS is on the list of qualifying neurological conditions.

How can you be sure you get what you need?

Even with a valid medical issue, it is not always easy to get what you need from the SSA. Many initial claims come back denied, and applicants often find it smart to seek help as they gather evidence and prepare their claims.

If you are not successful on your first attempt to secure benefits through a claim with the SSA, this is not the end of the road for you. Whether you are trying for the first time to get disability benefits due to your MS or you need to appeal, you do not have to walk through the process alone.

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