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What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a serious disease that affects as many as 2.3 million people throughout the world, including people from the Cincinnati, Ohio, region. The disease targets the nervous system, causing the immune system to attack the coating around nerve fibers, ultimately leaving scar tissue, known as sclerosis, in different areas.

Once these areas are damaged, it disrupts nerve signals to the brain and spinal cord, causing various impairments. The causes of multiple sclerosis are still unknown and there is no cure. There are treatments that can help relieve some of the symptoms, including several FDA-approved medications.

These medications may help slow the course of multiple sclerosis and help a victim to manage from the symptoms. Multiple sclerosis symptoms may include the numbing of limbs, difficulty and pain with vision as well as vision loss, tingling or pain throughout the body, tremors, fatigue, dizziness and a lack of coordination while walking and issues with bladder and bowl functions. People who suffer from this condition may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. However, traversing through the Social Security Disability process is not easily; it may be especially difficult if one is already dealing with a disabling condition such as multiple sclerosis.

If you are a victim of multiple sclerosis or another illness that prohibits you from maintaining gainful employment for at least a year or suffer from a condition that is expected to end in death, you may want to get more information to determine whether you could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

Source: Live Science, "Multiple Sclerosis: Signs, Symptoms & Treatment," Bahar Ghoipour, Mar. 7, 2017

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