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Can I get disability for migraines?

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2021 | Social Security Disability

Migraines have a stigma attached that they are just headaches, when in fact, headache is one of several symptoms. According to The Journal of Headache and Pain, migraine is the second among the world’s disabilities and first among young women.

Do you have migraines? Are they so severe you cannot function, and daily chores are difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish? You may qualify for Social Security Disability Income.

What are migraines?

Migraine is a neurological disorder that has multiple symptoms. These may include:

  • Headache on one or both sides of the head
  • Sensitivity to noise, light and odors
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Doctors define chronic migraines as having at least 15 headache days a month. This type of migraine may qualify you for disability.

Will Social Security approve benefits for migraines?

The frequency and severity of your migraines may help you when applying for disability benefits. However, the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book does not have migraine listed, so you must have the medical and work history to prove your case.

The SSA will look for documentation of your migraines, such as medical and treatment records. Medical records should show:

  • Doctor’s notes showing frequency and severity
  • Test results
  • List of medications and treatments tried
  • Records of emergency room visits and hospitalizations

Keep a headache journal to track your migraines. Medical records will help to back up the evidence you write down.

Be ready to get a denial from the SSA, as it denies most first-time applications. Do not give up hope. You can apply for an appeal. Read the letter for the reasons for the denial and have your doctors on board to help.


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