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Disability Benefits and Migraine Headaches: Do I have a Case?

by | May 31, 2024 | SSD - Social Security Disability Benefits For Illnesses |

In short, the answer is yes – someone who suffers with chronic migraine headaches may file (and be awarded) Social Security Disability benefits. However, it is important to note that migraines are not specifically found in the Social Security’s listing of impairments. While there is no specific listing, an individual may still be able to prove they “equal” one of the neurological listings. However, more likely people with migraines will be found disabled if they are able to prove despite ongoing treatment the migraines persist causing them to either miss work 2 or more times per month, be off task at least 15% of the workday, or require unscheduled breaks. But how do you prove that? First of all, if you were working prior to filing your claim and were missing days it is important to try and obtain documentation regarding that. That could be you keeping track of how many days you missed or even more supportive would be having your employer provide documentation or a letter indicating how many days you missed prior to stopping work. Secondly, it is important to make sure you are getting ongoing medical treatment and following all recommendations of your doctors. This may mean trying several medications or other treatment options such as Botox injections. Finally, it is important to continue reporting to your doctor the frequency of your migraines, how long they last, and typical symptoms associated with your migraines (i.e. nausea, vision issues, etc.). Overall, getting awarded benefits based solely on migraines is possible if you have the appropriate supporting documentation and treatment.

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