Multiple Sclerosis and Disability

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system, rather than attacking viruses and bacteria, attacks the central nervous system. This leads to demyelination. The disease typically develops in young adults and is more common in females.

Multiple sclerosis has a negative effect on the ability of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. This is a direct result of the demyelination of the nerves. When myelin is lost, the nerves can no longer effectively conduct the electrical impulses from nerve to nerve.

The name for multiple sclerosis comes from the multiple tiny scars, better known as plaques or lesions, that are found in the white matter of the brain and spinal cord. There is a lot of knowledge concerning the mechanisms involved in the progression of the disease, there is no known cause of the disease. Some theories suggest that genetics or various infections may play a role.

At the beginning of the disease, there are few symptoms. As it progresses, nearly any neurological symptom can appear with the disease. These symptoms can progress to physical and cognitive disability. The disease can take a variety of forms. Some occur either in discrete attacks, the relapsing forms, or slowly accumulating over time, the progressive forms. Between the attacks, the symptoms may disappear completely. Even if this is true, the permanent neurological problems will often occur, especially as the disease advances.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and denied social security disability, contact the Indianapolis social security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss the appeals process and your disability.