Applying for Disability Benefits With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Service DogOne of the more difficult aspects of acquiring disability benefits for multiple sclerosis (MS) is that to qualify for disability, Social Security requires that the condition to last or be expected last 12 months. MS is a tricky illness. There are often periods of remission and exacerbation, which vary in length. The staff at Disability Professionals advises clients not to worry; Social Security recognizes that the nature of MS is a cycle of readmission and exacerbation, and the agency will evaluate your particular course of MS, to determine if you are disabled.

Under Social Security’s blue book listing for multiple sclerosis, your records must show that you have one of the following:

  • Difficulty walking or using your hands because of significant impairments of at least two limbs. You might have partial paralysis of your limbs, tremors, or involuntary movements.
  • Severe decrease in vision that cannot be corrected with glasses.
  • An organic mental disorder causing memory loss, a decrease in IQ, or disturbance in mood, or
  • Severe fatigue and muscle weakness that is caused by the central nervous system as a result of MS.

In addition to qualifying under the specific MS listing, individuals who suffer from MS may also qualify under other listings if other body systems have been affected by the disease. The Disability Professionals have worked with MS clients in the past and know what evidence the Social Security Administration looks for with individuals suffering from MS.  

Diagnostic Evidence Required for MS Disability

Social Security Disability will examine the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of your brain, which is the test that gives positive proof of demyelination caused by multiple sclerosis. An MRI will detect even the smallest evidence of demyelination or plaque. Typically 96 percent of those individuals diagnosed with MS have an abnormal MRI result.

Another test used to help with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is the spinal tap or lumbar puncture. This test is about 85 percent effective in MS cases.

Getting Legal Help

If you or a loved one needs to pursue a disability claim or wishes to discuss claim eligibility, give Disability Professionals a call at 855-201-9569 or email Disability Professionals  to set up your appointment today.


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