Rules for Collecting Social Security Disability While Living With Multiple Sclerosis
It took you a long time to accept the limitations of living with multiple sclerosis. Now that you know that there will be good days and bad days, the only thing that keeps you going is the thought of the next good day--the times when you don’t feel any pain, you’re awake and alert, and you’re moving around like you did in the days before your diagnosis.
But the bad days have been stacking up lately—and while you can wait for your next good day, the bill collectors aren’t as optimistic. How are you supposed to keep working when you can only stand for a maximum two days out of the week—and even then, you’re not sure which two?
How to Get Social Security Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis
If you are no longer able to perform your regular work duties, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. Even if your condition does not affect you on a daily basis, many of your symptoms could qualify you for monthly payments, including:
- Pain. Many MS patients experience pain in their joints, headaches, and other aches and pains that can affect working ability. In addition, treating pain with medication can dull senses to the point where working or interacting with others is impossible.
- Fatigue. While fatigue is a regular symptom of MS, the strain of dealing with your symptoms can wear you out as well, making it difficult for you to get proper rest. In addition, muscle spasms may keep you awake at night, affecting both your concentration and mood.
- Vision problems. Blurred vision is a regular occurrence among MS sufferers. You shouldn’t be expected to put in a full day at the shop if you cannot drive, read your computer screen, or even see your customers clearly.
- Numbness. If you are unable to feel your hands and feet it is likely that you will have trouble performing many of your regular job duties. Nerve interruptions can cause tingling in the hands, making it hard to handle objects, while the inability to feel your legs can make it impossible to walk or even stand.
- Incontinence. It is not uncommon for MS patients to suffer occasional bowel or bladder incontinence, making going to work a potentially embarrassing occurrence.
- Mental problems. MS not only affects the body, but the brain as well. You may experience depression, mood changes, or bouts of confusion that can put your career at risk.
If you need help getting your Social Security Disability application approved, we can help you gather proof of your condition. Click the contact link on this page to ask us a question about your case.