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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) claimants can be awarded disability benefits, but it can be tricky because MS symptoms can vary in severity and frequency. Typically, the Social Security Administration (SSA) states that the disability must be expected to last a minimum of 12 months for a claimant to be awarded benefits. However, the SSA recognizes that MS symptoms can vary in their occurrences and severity, so it considers this disease potentially severe enough to prevent a person from being employed.

To qualify for disability benefits, you must meet the list of impairments for Multiple Sclerosis:

  • Disorganization of motor function
  • Visual or mental disorganization
  • Significant, reproducible fatigue of motor function with substantial muscle weakness on repetitive activity, demonstrated on physical examination, resulting from neurological dysfunction in areas of the central nervous system known to be pathologically involved by the multiple sclerosis process.

If you do not meet this specific list of impairments, you must prove that your MS is severe enough that you cannot function at your current job or another form of work. Simply claiming that you have symptoms is not enough. You must have medical evidence of your MS diagnosis, such as an MRI, a vision test, or documentation from your treating physician that show a diagnosis of MS.

It is important to include medical reports that support your MS diagnosis with your application. It is also helpful to have your doctor fill out a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form because his/her first-hand knowledge of your symptoms can be very beneficial to your case.


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