Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects those who are diagnosed with it very differently. Most people initially have “relapsing-remitting” MS. They have flare-ups, but also periods of remission.
Multiple sclerosis is still a progressive, chronic disease. More and better treatments are being found all the time, but there’s still no cure. Most people who have MS get increasingly worse as nerve damage spreads. MS often causes issues with muscle coordination and numbness in the extremities. It can cause vision, speech and breathing difficulties as well as severe fatigue.
What documentation should you include with your application?
As the disease progresses, it can become increasing difficult for someone suffering from it to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes MS as a qualifying condition for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, obtaining SSDI benefits can still be a challenge.
You’ll need a doctor to state that you’ve been diagnosed with MS, of course. You’ll also need medical evidence, including MRI and/or CT scans showing the effects of MS on your brain.
Also crucial is evidence that your MS symptoms leave you unable to earn a living. The more you share with your doctor, the more complete information they can provide to include with your application for SSDI benefits.
It’s a good idea to keep a journal of your symptoms so that you can provide them to your doctor, even if you aren’t experiencing them at the time of your visit. It’s also helpful to have a family member or friend accompany you to these visits who can further attest to the symptoms you experience when the disease is at its worst.
It’s also important to list any physical and/or mental issues you’re suffering as a result of your MS and ensure that your doctor(s) provide documentation of them. These are known as comorbidities. They can include everything from depression to heart disease and more.
Because of the unique and varied nature of MS, it can sometimes be challenging to get the benefits you need. If your application has been denied, you have the opportunity to appeal. Having experienced legal guidance can give you a better chance of success with that appeal.