Social Security Common Conditions: Migraine Headaches

by Staff | August 13th, 2014

The searing pain associated with migraine headaches can be excruciating. Unfortunately, an estimated 10 percent of the American population is diagnosed with Migraine Headache Syndrome, which leaves many sufferers unable to work.

Individuals suffering from migraines may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, but proving the disability can be difficult. This is because there’s no specific listing in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of conditions that outlines what symptoms and occurrences qualify  migraine sufferers for benefits.

Some have called for a listing to be added, but the federal government has taken no action. In the meantime, it’s important for migraine sufferers considering applying for SSD to document their conditions in a detailed fashion. Luckily, help is available.

Migraine Buddy is a smartphone app that allows those afflicted with migraine headaches to record the times and durations of their headaches. Users can also record what triggered their headaches and the effectiveness of medications they used to treat them. The information that’s collected can then be shared with doctors or Social Security Administration employees in real time.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Social Security Disability lawyers is here to help you get your SSD benefits. We can examine the documentation of your condition and guide you through the claims process. If you have any questions about getting SSD benefits, feel free to call our legal staff at (800) 477-7315.

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