If you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, there may come a time when you are no longer able to safely perform your job duties as required. Multiple sclerosis affects all people differently. What may happen to one person diagnosed with MS may not happen to the other. For some, MS can be progressive in a few weeks or months while others may not experience symptoms at all over the years.
Because of the complexities surrounding multiple sclerosis, it can be confusing to understand your eligibility for disability benefits when you are no longer able to work. There are several ways your MS diagnosis can be reviewed in regards to disability qualification.
Testing can be done to assess your current condition. Many times the tests will be administered by a specialist known as a neurologist. The tests are designed to provide insight into the progression of multiple sclerosis. The first test that is done is called the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) which has a primary function to measure your ability to walk.
The second type of testing done is the Functional System Score (FSS) which analyzes how your central nervous system is functioning. It can pinpoint issues including weakness in limbs, a loss of coordination, problems with bladder and bowel functionality, visual problems, and mental issues.
The FSS and the EDSS are then assessed according to a scale using higher numbers to represent a more serious disability based on mobility. It will be important to consult with your family doctor or your specialist to keep tabs on your multiple sclerosis diagnosis and symptoms, especially when it is getting more difficult as symptoms of MS progress.