MIGRAINES: Disability for Chronic Migraines

Are migraines causing you to miss work?

If you experience regular, severe migraine headaches, it can be difficult to function on a daily basis.

Some migraine sufferers find themselves quarantined to a dark and quiet room for hours (or days) until the pain subsides. Throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, sensitivity to light and sound, and changes in vision are common migraine symptoms. Any and all of these symptoms can disrupt your ability to work.

Do your migraine symptoms cause you to miss work? Do you miss several days (or more) per month, because of your migraines? Are your migraines triggered by things you encounter at work (smells, stress, etc)?

If your migraines cause you to consistently miss several days of work per month, you might be able to qualify for disability benefits (assuming you meet the other requirements). You will need to show that you are seeking medical treatment for this condition, so be sure to talk to your doctor.

Social Security will look at ALL of your conditions and impairments when making a decision on your claim. So, even if your migraines are only “moderately” severe, they will be considered along with any other impairments that you may have. Be sure that SSA knows about every condition that you are suffering from.

For more details about how “disability” is determined, see The 5 Steps to a Disability Determination.


If you are disabled and need help with your SSDI or SSI hearing, contact Deborah at The Hardin Law Firm, PLC.

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Originally published: January 10, 2014 at thehardinlawfirm.com

Last updated: December 15, 2016 at 10:19 am