Multiple Sclerosis under Social Security Disability is listed as the following:
(a) Disorganization of motor function as described in 11.04B; or
(b) Visual or mental impairment as described under the criteria in 2.02, 2.03, 2.04 or 12.02; or
(c) Significant, reproducible fatigue of motor function with substantial muscle weakness on repetative activity, demonstrated on physical examination, resulting from neurological dysfunction in the areas of the central nervous system known to be pathologically involved by the multiple sclerosis process.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease based on the lesions that appear on the brain, the problem in regards to proving it for Social Security Disability is that it is impossible to have an MRI done of each lesion on the brain, as they appear and dissappear, so it is not practicle or possible to prove each and every symptom medically to Social Security Disability. Your testimoney is very important in these type claims.
Your subjective symptoms are the most important factor to relate to Social Security Disability under the Multiple Sclerosis listing. As noted in sect. C of the listing, motor function fatigue, and muscle weakness are important factors to meeting the listing. Many claimants under the listing experience vision problems, weakness, fatigue, balance issues, and overall lack of energy. It is very important to convey these symptoms to Social Security at your hearing or appeal. The problem that many individuals have with Multiple Sclerosis is one day they will feel good, and the next day they can’t walk, it is again important to convey this to Social Security.
For assistance in your Social Security Disability claim, please feel free to phone the law office Monday through Friday at toll free 1 (877) 271-2633 or local at (615) 308-2633, I look forward to hearing from you.
Daniel L. McMurtry, Esq.