Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disorder in which the body’s nervous system attacks the central nervous system, resulting in a broad range of symptoms, some minor, some potentially disabling. While many who suffer from MS are able to work and function in society, some are not and need Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to meet life’s financial challenges.

The need for SSD benefits

MS can result in serious and disabling symptoms, such as dizziness, balance issues and loss of function in the limbs. Severe forms of MS can result in blindness. For some who suffer from MS, holding down steady employment is simply not an option. Social security disability can provide you with the financial assistance you need to pay for your basic needs. In order to qualify, your condition must have lasted at least 12 months or be expected to last for 12 months.

Proving your disability

No matter how clear your disability is to you and those around you, the Social Security Administration requires proof of a disability before approving an application. For those who suffer from MS, this proof lies in medical documentation such as brain and spinal cord MRI scans, spinal taps and other diagnostic tests.

To improve your chances of getting approved for benefits, make sure you get treated regularly for your symptoms, follow your doctor’s orders and keep records of all of your treatment, such as doctor visits, test results, medications and physical therapy.

If your initial claim is denied, don’t despair. Most successful applications are approved during the appeals process. An attorney who is experienced handling SSD claims and appeals for people with MS can guide you through the system and give you the best possible chance of getting approved.