Multiple sclerosis is a medical condition that affects the brain and the spinal cord. It is a disabling disease that will progress in time if not treated properly. Multiple sclerosis or MS is a disease that causes demyelination of the spinal nerve and the brain cells. The immune system attacks the myelin sheath that protects and insulates the spinal nerve and the brain cells. Over time, the disease will cause the nerves to deteriorate or damaged permanently.
The signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis will depend on the severity of the disease and the nerves that are affected. Some individuals with severe cases of multiple sclerosis will have trouble with their ability to walk or at all, while some, on the other hand, will have longer remissions without any new symptoms.
The signs and symptoms of MS will differ from one person to the other. It will also depend on the severity of the disease and the location of the damage.
They may include:
- there will be numbness or weakness that occurs on one side of your body at a time
- loss of vision; could be partial or complete and with one eye at a time. Pain can also be experienced during eye movement.
- tingling or pain in any parts of your body
- Lhermitte sign or a sensation that is described as an electrical shock when there are certain neck movements, such as bending the neck forward
- lack of coordination, greatly affecting your ability to walk
- slurred speech
- problems with bowel and bladder function
There is no known cause of MS and there is no cure yet. However, treatment is focused on delaying the progression of the disease and managing the symptoms.
If you think you are suffering from Multiple Sclerosis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Multiple Sclerosis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).