Why It Can Be Difficult to Get Social Security Disability Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis

It’s not easy living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Some days, you feel fine—you’re walking normally, teaching your normal classes at  High School in Lincoln, and coming home feeling fatigued, but happy.

And then there are the days when you’re unable to walk, unable to see, and even unable to think clearly—and  worst of all, you get no warning of when these days are going to strike.

Multiple Sclerosis Episodes May Qualify You for Social Security Payments

In order for you to get benefits for multiple sclerosis, you will have to document your symptoms and how they limit you from performing your daily activities. Following are a few common MS symptoms and how you can provide proper evidence to the Social Security Administration:

  • Difficulty walking. MS affects a person’s motor functions, making it difficult (or impossible) to walk, run, stand, or go to the bathroom independently. You should provide evidence of any episodes that have caused you to lose motor function, what difficulties you encountered, and how limited you were by the effects. This may include providing information about times when someone had to help you do something that you could normally do on your own.
  • Sensory abnormalities. Patients with MS may suffer sensory loss, particularly a decrease in visual acuity. Many vision changes worsen when a MS patient attempts to work and can get better after long periods of rest. You may document changes, such as an increase in your eyeglass prescription, or that you have been unable to read or drive during MS episodes that affect your vision.
  • Fatigue. In many cases, multiple sclerosis can cause patients to suffer extreme fatigue. You can get benefits based on fatigue alone as long as you have a doctor’s report confirming a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, your doctor’s description of characteristic fatigue symptoms.

Multiple sclerosis is not curable, and the effects commonly worsen as time goes on. While you may attempt to keep working now, stress will often aggravate the condition, causing mental deficiency and permanent loss of function. Are you ready to apply for Social Security disability benefits? Before you send in your application, read through our guide, 5 Deadly Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Social Security Disability Case, or click the contact link on this page to ask us a question.

Timothy J. Cuddigan
Omaha Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer With Over 40 Years Experience