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Can You Obtain Disability Benefits for Migraine Headaches?

To answer it simply: yes, you can.

If you suffer from chronic migraines that are severe enough to prevent you from working, you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. However, you’ll need to present medical documentation as evidence of your illness to get your claim approved. The medical documents should support that you’re unable to work for at least 12 months, which is a requirement of the Social Security Administration (SSA).

How Sufferers of Chronic Migraine Can Qualify for SSD Benefits Medically

Migraine attacks can be excruciatingly painful and can leave a person incapacitated for days. Chronic migraines can take a huge physical toll on the body, and when you combine that with the light and sound sensitivity, it can take days for the affected individual to fully recover.

However, in order to qualify for disability benefits due to chronic migraines, you either need to have an underlying medical condition, or you need to request for a Medical Vocational Allowance. All the medical conditions that make you applicable for SSD benefits is listed in the SSA’s Blue Book – and migraine is not amongst the listed conditions. Nevertheless, migraine can be a symptom of a condition that is on the SSA’s list. If you’re experiencing migraines as symptom of any of the following conditions, you’re eligible to apply for disability benefits:

  • PTSD
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cardiovascular disease

You’ll need to submit medical documents such as test results, treatment plans, diagnosis reports, medical bills, etc. in order to prove that your medical condition is preventing you from working. A social Security Disability attorney can help you understand how you can medically qualify as well as help make sure you have enough medical evidence and documents to support your claim.

Residual Functional Capacity & Medical Vocational Allowance

If you are experiencing migraine headaches that are unrelated to an underlying medical condition, but are severe enough to prevent you from working, you can qualify for SSD benefits with a medical vocational allowance. In order to obtain a medical vocational allowance, you’ll have to apply for SSD benefits and ask for a residual functional capacity evaluation.

The SSA performs this evaluation to determine if there’s any type of work that your condition allows you to do. The SSA will only consider work that you can do with the skills and qualifications you have. If no full-time work can be found, you may qualify for SSD benefits.

If you’re seeking disability benefits, it is important to have a full-service attorney on your side to guide you through the process. One of the best Social Security disability attorneys in Little Rock, AR, Lisa Douglas has helped hundreds of clients win their Social Security Disability claims. Get in touch with us if you want legal help in filing or appealing for your social security disability claim.


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