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Headaches and Social Security Disability

Headaches –Condition and Symptoms

A migraine headache is a neural syndrome. Most people recognize a migraine as a severe, vivacious, and agonizing form of a headache, but many other symptoms develop during an attack of a migraine headache. These other symptoms include the following:

  • Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Aches in several body parts
  • Perceptual turbulences called “aura”

A person experiencing “aura” senses disagreeable smells or odd lights. This feeling is also present with patients suffering from epilepsy. Some people with migraine problems might experience aura, while others do not.

To clarify, suffering from an occasional headache does not necessarily mean you will qualify for all the social security disability benefits. It is important that you know all the information about the type of headaches you are experiencing.

You will have to collect much documentation and proof related to your condition. You will also have to establish evidence to the effect that your headaches have limited your capability to work in order for the Social Security Administration to consider your eligibility for the benefits.

The items needed to support your position include all your medical records; statements from your employer about how the problem has rendered you unable to work; and a journal or a log showing every time you encountered the pain, which will help you prove the regularity and duration of your headaches.

Filing for Disability Benefits with Headaches

Headaches in the severe form can turn into chronic migraines and lead a sufferer to a position where work in any form may not be possible. Almost every person, at some point in his or her life, has experienced a headache. However, most have never experienced the worst forms of headaches. Only those who have had a headache in its worst form know how bad they can become.

Sometimes, this extreme form of headache can be so devastating it renders a person incapable of working. If headaches begin to restrict a person’s working capacity, especially on a consistent basis, then such a person may qualify for social security benefits. These severe forms of headaches may be:

  • Cluster headaches
  • Migraines
  • Lasting headaches

It becomes very difficult for a person with a prolonged migraine to focus on work. The doctor often may prescribe that the patient leave work and rest in bed for several days, away from sources of light and sound. Although medication is available to help the pain of the headache, often the side effects can also make it impossible to continue to work.

Your Headaches Disability Claim

An experienced disability attorney would have all the necessary information about what you need to qualify for the benefits with headaches. The attorney would also know what to do, and when to do it, throughout the application or appeals process.

The attorney would help you form your case in a precise, genuine manner but avoiding overstatement. The attorney knows how to compile and present evidence that proves your claim or appeal.

As chronic migraines are not easily identified and difficult to prove, it is important to hire a disability attorney who could help the applicant provide sufficient evidence.

The evidence collected and presented by disability attorneys helps the applicants qualify for the social security benefits. Such documentation includes:

  • Records from the hospital or clinic you visited for check-ups
  • Outcomes of the tests you have had during your visits
  • Lists of all the medicines and treatments your doctors prescribed
  • Notes from the doctors about the severity of your problem

If you fill out the Free Disability Evaluation, you can have the opportunity to speak with an attorney about your headache disability case.