Those that suffer from the debilitating and often unpredictable disease known as multiple sclerosis know all too well the many frustrations associated with the disease. March is National MS Education and Awareness Month and a good time to learn more about MS and how it affects those it impacts.
For many, MS is a mysterious disease that seems to come and go rendering those inflicted unable to walk one day and seemingly fine the next. One of the most common neurological disorders, individuals suffering from MS are typically diagnosed as having the disease between the ages of 20 and 40. While helpful treatments exist including prescription medications, diet and exercise, an estimated 15 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are rendered severely disabled.
Symptoms common in those suffering from MS include depression, memory and vision loss, fatigue, muscles weakness and loss of balance and coordination. For many with the disease these symptoms are not severe and they are able to continue to work, however, some are greatly affected and are not physically able to work.
For those who are unable to work, Social Security Disability benefits often provide much needed financial relief. In order to qualify for SSDI benefits, an individual suffering from MS must meet the following qualifications:
•· Suffer loss of motor function in at least two extremities
•· Suffer a resulting mental or visual impairment
•· Suffer severe muscle fatigue or weakness that prevents normal motor function
For individuals suffering from MS who hope to file for SSDI benefits, the process can be tricky as the negative side-effects of the disorder tend to naturally come and go. For this reason, it can be particularly helpful to have a knowledgeable and skilled SSDI professional advocate on your behalf. A SSDI professional can answer any questions you may have and ensure you have all the necessary medical records and paperwork completed to expedite the benefits application process.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “March is National MS Education and Awareness Month,” Feb. 28, 2012