In South Florida, Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) patients typically effects more women than men and is often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is a debilitating auto-immune disease that destroys the myelin surrounding the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. Alternating between periods of seemingly absent symptoms to those more with debilitating effects, the severity of each attack varies among Florida residents. These episodes can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months.

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Muscle Symptoms                                      
Lose Balance and Coordination
Difficulty Moving Arms/Legs
Weakness in Arms/Legs
Numbness or Tremors
Problems Walking
Muscle Spasms

Eye Symptoms                                            
Eye Discomfort
Double Vision
Rapid Eye Movements
Vision Loss

Pain Symptoms                                          
Painful Muscle Spasms
Tingling or Burning in limbs

Brain and Nerve Symptoms
Difficulty Problem Solving
Decreased Concentration
Depression and Sadness
Dizziness and Balance
Poor Judgment
Memory Loss

Bladder-Bowel Symptoms
Difficulty Beginning to Urinate
Frequent Need to Urinate
Constipation
Incontinence

Other
Increased Fatigue
Difficulty Swallowing and Chewing

Stages of Multiple Sclerosis
South Florida, Multiple Sclerosis symptoms may vary in strength and occurrence.  It is dependent on the particular stage of MS that you are currently experiencing. The four stages or courses of disease include:

1. Relapsing-Remitting MS: Most commonly diagnosed during this stage. Attacks/exacerbations occur within a specific area of the neurological system, lasting at least 24 hours; followed by complete recovery, or remission.

2. Secondary-Progressive MS: Gradual destruction and nerve fiber loss; 85% diagnosed with RRMS will soon transition to SPMS within 10 years.

3. Progressive-Relapsing MS: Least common course, steady progression of exacerbations, with some relapses.

4. Primary-Progressive MS:  Steady decrease of neurological functioning accompanied by distinct relapses. Occasional plateaus and temporary improvements can be experienced, as well.

Although they haven’t yet found a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, there are effective options for managing symptoms.  Until then, it’s important that you make the best plan available for your emotional and physical well being.

Some people diagnosed with MS continue to try to work, even when it’s beyond their ability. Many MS sufferers don’t realize that South Florida disability benefits for MS are available to them. If you have Multiple Sclerosis and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits in South Florida. A skilled South County Social Security benefits attorney can assist you.