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Can I get disability benefits because I have multiple sclerosis?

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2021 | Social Security Disability

Many health challenges contribute to missed hours from work. It’s normal for employees to miss a few days here and there for minor illnesses. However, sometimes symptoms result in a devastating diagnosis.

Countless factors can relate to fatigue, and a tingling sensation or blurred vision could be attributed to medications or insufficient sleep. Sometimes, however, a far more serious neurological disease could also be present.

Disease progression

With multiple sclerosis (MS), the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord nerves, causing miscommunication throughout the body. Permanent damage and nerve deterioration can result.

The disease affects everyone differently. Although there’s no cure, remission is possible. Symptom management is often vital to maintaining health and longevity.

Over time, MS commonly reduces movement and affects bowel and bladder function. Complications may also include:

  • Seizures
  • Mental health challenges
  • Limited muscle control

Short-term disability may be helpful for individuals in remission or those with minimal symptoms. Meanwhile, Social Security disability benefits are available for people who cannot work due to chronic illness.

Symptoms could interfere with job performance

It’s important to understand your rights according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although you need not disclose your diagnosis to your employer, communication is often the first step toward protecting your rights in the workplace.

Apply for Social Security disability if you struggle to stand from a seated position or have trouble balancing on your feet. You might also meet the criteria for MS disability benefits if you lack a clear understanding of information provided to you or have difficulty concentrating on work completion.

Your employer should accommodate your needs while you’re employed. When that’s no longer a viable option, you would be wise to protect your interests.