Chronic Migraines and Social Security Disability

Chronic migraines are neurologically based headaches that can last for several hours to several days at a time.

Symptoms of chronic migraines include:

  • Pulsating, throbbing pain, sometimes affecting only one side of the head
  • Headaches worsened by physical activity
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Nausea/Vomiting

Applying for Social Security Disability with Chronic Migraines

Although the occasional headache may not prevent someone from holding a job, severe chronic migraines can.

During a migraine, an individual may be forced to spend several days in bed, avoiding all light and sound and although there are medications to treat migraines, they often cause dizziness and fatigue. Migraine symptoms combined with medication side effects can make it impossible to hold a job.

If you or a loved one is unable to work because of chronic migraines, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability assistance.

SSD Requirements for Chronic Migraine Sufferers

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires that an applicant’s migraines cause significant limitations that prohibit him or her from working.

Consider these questions:

  • During a migraine, can the applicant perform physical activities such as walking, lifting, or standing for extended periods of time?
  • During a migraine, can the applicant concentrate, understand instructions, or participate in social situations?
  • Does the applicant have a history of missing work because of migraines?

Necessary Medical Documentation Needed to Apply for SSD for Chronic Migraines

Because there is no definitive diagnostic test used to determine if someone suffers from chronic migraines, there are specific requirements that automatically qualify applicants for disability benefits. Applicants will need to provide clear and substantial medical documentation that proves they suffer from chronic migraines. Documentation can include:

  • Records from any clinic or hospital visits in relation to migraines
  • Results of any tests or lab work that rule out other conditions
  • Lists of medications and treatments
  • Applicants response to medications and treatments
  • Doctors’ notes regarding the frequency and severity of headaches
  • Any relevant medical documentation that illustrates a history of chronic migraines and how the condition and its treatments have stopped you from working

Hiring Legal Representation When Applying for Social Security Disability for Chronic Migraines

Because chronic migraines are not easily diagnosed, many applicants are denied approval each year simply because they cannot provide evidence that migraines limit their ability to work. A Social Security Disability attorney will help an applicant produce the evidence needed to qualify for disability benefits.

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