Multiple sclerosis (MS) has dozens of possible symptoms, and they can vary widely in severity. One person might be able to hold down a job if they’re only experiencing mild fatigue and occasional difficulty walking. Another might find it impossible to continue working with severe muscle spasms and dizziness.
If your MS is preventing you from working, you’re dealing with a growing set of problems.
You need medical care, but you lost your insurance when you lost your job. Without an income, you worry about how long you’ll be able to pay your bills and keep a roof over your head. You might have a family that counts on you for support.
Getting monthly checks from Social Security Disability, and qualifying for the Medicare coverage that comes with it, could free you to focus on your health. But the process is anything but simple and most first-time applicants are denied.
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The key to proving your claim for disability benefits for multiple sclerosis is documenting symptoms that limit your daily activities.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. While one person might experience only one or two of the symptoms, someone else might experience many.
Some of the more common symptoms of MS include:
Less commonly, people with MS experience problems with speech, swallowing, breathing, seizure, loss of taste, hearing loss and tremors.
The differences between cases of MS creates a challenge in winning disability benefits. It’s a complicated condition that claims examiners struggle to assess. The bottom line is that your condition must be severe enough to prevent you from working.
To qualify for benefits with MS, Social Security says it will look for either:
A. “Disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in an extreme limitation in the ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use the upper extremities.”
B. “Marked limitation in physical functioning” plus struggles in one of these areas:
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