This auto-immune disease attacks your body's own nerves, which can disrupt your muscle control, senses, and ability to communicate.
Frustratingly, multiple sclerosis can also rob you of your ability to live independently as you may be unable to drive a car and perform simple tasks.
With multiple sclerosis, or MS, the immune system attacks the myelin sheath around the nerves.
This fatty covering not only protects the nerves, but it also allows for the rapidity of information transmission.
This way, you do not notice a delay between a thought ("I want to close my hand") and an action (making a fist).
In fact, myelin sheaths allow for the almost instantaneous speed of nerves-information travels at a rate of 1 to 120 meters per second.
However, sometimes the immune system turns on the myelin sheath.
Doctors and researchers are not completely sure why some people develop MS, but it may relate to genetics or childhood infections.
Regardless, this disorder is incurable, and the damage that it causes is irreversible.
As the myelin sheath degrades, you can develop a wide range of symptoms that can prohibit you from leading your normal life.
The symptoms of MS include: -Numbness or weakness in specific areas of your body, such as the bottom half or one side -Pain or electric-shock sensations with certain movements -Double vision or blurry vision, eventually leading to vision loss -Problems with speech -Loss of coordination -Unsteady gait -Trembling -Dizziness -Fatigue When you lose your ability to speak or lose motor function, you may no longer be able to work and provide for your loved ones.
Thankfully, this disorder is included on the Social Security Administration's Listing of Impairments.
If you can prove that you have reached the level of disability as outlined on this list, it can make it much easier for you to get the financial compensation that you deserve.
Sometimes, though, this process can be draining and zap your dwindling strength.
If you need help proving your disability, please contact an Indiana long-term disability attorney from the Hankey Law Office, P.