Multiple Sclerosis is typically diagnosed by an MRI scan. The MRI will show demyelinating lesions in the brain and/or the spinal cord. These lesions are known as white matter lesions or plaques. The disease can also be diagnosed by a spinal tap or lumbar puncture. The test is done in a hospital or clinic and the doctor removes cerebrospinal build, using a thin needle, from the low back. The cerebral spinal fluid is tested for abnormal results, oligoclonal bands which are a group of proteins that show inflammation of the central nervous system. The presence of these proteins may indicate a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
You can obtain disability benefits from the Social Security Administration if you have Multiple Sclerosis. The SSA looks at M.S. under the neurological listing 11.09. Listing 11.09 is as follows:
It is important to remember that you will need to prove not only an objective diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, but you will also need to prove that you have the disease in the severity documented under listing 11.09. You must have a treating physician document your impairments, limitations, and diagnosis. You must also be complaint with treatment. It can be difficult to prove to the SSA that your Multiple Sclerosis prevents you from working, but Cannon Disability Law can help you win your case. Give us a call for free and discuss your case with us. We are happy to answer your questions and help you file your application for disability benefits.