Multiple sclerosis is a complicated disease that affects everyone differently. Many people with this disease continue to live independent, fulfilling lives for years following their diagnoses. However, the progression of symptoms can interfere with the ability to work for some individuals. SSDI benefits can be an essential lifeline for MS sufferers who can no longer work to support themselves. 

Is it time to stop working? 

MS is a progressive disease, and it may be difficult for some people to realize when they have passed the point of no longer being able to work. Some people in New Jersey may even feel as if they have no choice but to work through the pain. This is not a good idea as it can worsen symptoms. The best indicator of when it is time to stop working is when symptoms interfere with someone’s ability to perform his or her job duties. 

SSDI criteria 

The Social Security Administration has criteria that one must meet before applying for benefits. These are motor function issues, physical limitations and cognitive issues. A few examples of how these issues might show up include: 

  • Trouble standing from a sitting position 
  • Difficulty using arms 
  • Issues with understanding or applying information 

Although MS is frequently diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 45, younger applicants in New Jersey sometimes struggle to get the benefits they need. This is largely because MS is considered a progressive disease that is expected to worsen with time, and that may not be too serious at first. Everyone’s experience is different though, which is why it might be worthwhile to work closely with a knowledgeable attorney when applying for SSDI benefits.