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March: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness month. MS is a disease in which the protective covering around the nerves, as well as the nerves themselves, are attacked by the body. The result is that nerve signals do not get transmitted properly or at all. Depending on which parts of the central nervous system (CNS) are affected, patients can have mild symptoms such as numbness and tingling or severe symptoms, such as blindness and paralysis. Any part of the body can be affected, depending on where the CNS is damaged.

Although the exact cause of the disease is still unknown, it is thought by some scientists to be an auto-immune disease, or at least similar to an auto-immune disease. However, it is not communicable as some other auto-immune diseases, such as HIV-AIDS. The Awareness Month is designed to highlight the challenges that people with MS face every day. Because some patients with MS are able to cope with their symptoms for a while, other people may not even know that they have the disease.

Some of the most common symptoms are difficulty walking, sensory problems, bladder problems, and problems with cognition and memory. The symptoms can be severe enough that people become unable to work. If this happens, Social Security Disability (SSD) can be a godsend.

The Social Security Administration lists multiple sclerosis as a disabling condition that prevents many people from working. In order to apply for and receive benefits, you will need to provide medical records, medications and treatment plans, documentation of the progression of the disease, and doctor's opinions about your prognosis and abilities.

Although some people are able to keep working after a diagnosis of MS, others become totally disabled in their 20s. If you have been told by your doctor that you can no longer work because of MS, find out about your options. Talk to the advocates at Binder & Binder ®. We have helped many MS patients whose ability to work has been cut short at a very young age as well as those who are older. As America's most successful Social Security Disability advocates, we have helped many people just like you obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve.

Source: Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, "Get Involved, MS Counts."

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