When it comes to having MS work may or may not be
something that we are able to continue doing, based on how mild to
severe the effects of Multiple Sclerosis are on our nervous systems.
Multiple Sclerosis can vary
from person to person, as to how it affects how well we can function
from day to day.
Multiple Sclerosis can cause
* difficulty walking
* lack of
* fatigue -- often
this is more like over-
whelming exhaustion, instead of just feeling
a little tired
* vision problems --
this can affect the vision
in one or both of the eyes and can even
lead to partial or total loss of vision
* hand function
problems -- this can include
loss of hand control (spasms), dropping
things often, or loss of muscle strength in
Keep in mind
that this is partial list of the symptoms of Multiple
Sclerosis that can interfere with us being able work more
physically demanding jobs. This list is to show how Multiple
Sclerosis can effect how well we can function for us to still be able
to continue to work on a consistent basis.
Examples of more physically
demanding jobs can include things like anything where you need
to be able to
pick up and move heavier objects (like warehousing or loading trucks),
or anything that requires standing for longer periods of time (like
working a cash register or working on an assembly line) to name a few.
Multiple Sclerosis doesn't
just affect how we can function physically, MS can also cause more cognitive
* problems with
scrambling words, numbers or concepts or dyslexia
connecting with your surroundings
-- this includes problems with
understanding what is going on around you
on a regular basis
* problems figuring
things out (problems with
logically thinking through things).
Some of the cognitive
problems with scrambling words, concepts or numbers can also result in
problems with speaking, writing, problems with describing your ideas to
others or even problems with organizing and completing your daily "To
Do" List for accomplishing what you need to do each day to perform well
with whatever your job responsibilities for your current job.
When it comes to MS work
can be challenging at times or sometimes even difficult, but finding
ways for adapting the job that you had, when you were first diagnosed
with Multiple Sclerosis may be something that can still be done.
Depending on what problems you
find yourself having after you are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,
it may be much more difficult for your employer to adapt
your job responsibilities for your current job to allow you to
continue working in the same job capacity that you had been before you
were diagnosed with MS.
An example of this might
include where you are experiencing more problems with walking, more
problems with picking things up or you may be experiencing incredibly
If you have a physically
demanding job where you load trucks, work on an assembly line where you
need be able to keep up with the speed of the processing line or you
need to stand for longer periods of time, like working at the cash
register in a store, you may find that the job can not really be
adapted for you to continue doing what you had been doing before the
diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
Sometimes employers can switch
your job position to a different job within the same company for you to
be able to continue working and sometimes your employer doesn't have a
way to adapt things to allow you to continue working the job that you
Sometimes, you may be able to
find another job that allows you to be able to work within your
physical limitations, because of Multiple Sclerosis, if
your restrictions are not too severe.
Sometimes finding another job
that you can function enough to do can be difficult, since it may
present a problem physically for you to keep up with the speed
or precision that is demanded for some jobs for you
meet the requirements for the job description.
Then there are the cognitive
or brain function problems that can also interfere with us being able
to continue working after we are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
The cognitive problems, that
you may be experiencing, are much more difficult to adapt your job
responsibilities to for allowing us to continue working, since so many
things require us to be able to respond quickly to changing conditions
at work or require us to remember what we were trained to do before for
us to do well at performing our current job responsibilities.
would suggest working for as long as you can, if you can work it out
with your employer, as to how your current job can be adapted to work
with your physical and possibly even cognitive limitations or you may
be able to request being switched to do another job for your employer
that is not as physically or mentally demanding to help you to be able
to continue working with your current employer.
the USA, there is a law called the American Disability Act (ADA) that
requires employers within the United States to work with you for doing
what they can to adapt your current job to help you to continue
working, even if you have become disabled because of the effects of
Multiple Sclerosis on your body. Although in some cases it may be more
difficult with some cases of MS work to find ways to adapt what the job requires you to do.
all employers are willin to work with you as they should, but there are
advocates to help you fight for your job, if you still think that there
is a way for you to be able to continue working, in spite of your
the physical and cognitive problems that can result from Multiple
Sclerosis can be extreme enough that it is too difficult or almost
impossible to adapt your current job responsibilities to work with your
may require a period of time where you are not able to work, to allow
your body time to rest, replenish and possibly even help to speed up
the healing or recovery process, as much as you can.
the disability is too extreme for you to be able to function enough on
a regular basis for you to be able to continue working. At times,
it may be possible for you to get a part-time job to give yourself
added worth and added income, but if you are some type of disability,
there may be restrictions that you have to abide by for you to be able
to work a part-time job, without you losing your disability benefits.
into the requirements or limitations before you consider applying for a
part-time job. If you do your homework ahead of time, you can
avoid causing yourself problems with your disability payments being
taken away all too easily with it being difficult for you to be able to
get the disability payments back again, even though technically you
should be entitled to the payments.
other thing that you can do, is to volunteer somewhere (at a hospital,
at a doctor's office, at a nursing home or whatever you can do,
if it is just part of the time when you are functioning better.
Even if you end up doing some type of volunteer work, this can
help you to keep active to prevent your condition
deteriorating any further (as much as you can).