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Tracking Your MS Exacerbations is Important for Disability Benefits

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disorder that can cause periods of loss of muscle control, pain, and fatigue. One of the unique characteristics of MS is that the symptoms do not always persist. Many MS patients experience symptom-free periods called remission, during which MS exacerbations can occur. Others may experience a gradual worsening of symptoms without relief.

An MS exacerbation occurs when the patient experiences an onset of new symptoms or a return or worsening of previous symptoms. Several factors may trigger MS exacerbations:

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Certain vaccinations
  • Stress
  • Some viral, bacterial, or fungal infections
  • Postpartum period
  • Fertility treatments

Because there are four different types of MS, e.g., clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting MS, primary progressive MS, and secondary progressive MS, the triggers for your specific type of MS will vary, just like your symptoms.

Note: Doctors will only classify the symptoms as an exacerbation if they last for longer than 24 hours and if they occurred more than 30 days after the last exacerbation.

When you experience MS exacerbations, it is important to document your condition before the onset of symptoms as well as track the severity of your exacerbations and what triggered it. Good documentation of how your MS is progressing and how it affects your daily life is critical evidence for claiming Social Security disability benefits.

Work with Your Doctor To Develop Evidence of MS Disability

Your doctor’s assessment of your MS condition is critical to proving disability in a Social Security disability benefits claim. Your personal records of how MS impairs your work, home life, and socialization will also help bolster your case for benefits. The Disability Help Group assists people with all manner of disabilities file claims and denial appeals.

Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates!