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Migraines are one the most prevalent medical conditions in the world, and, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the sixth most disabling illness in the world. Yet, not everyone who has migraines and applies for Social Security disability will be found eligible for benefits. If you suffer from frequent migraines that prevent you from working, it is important to know whether you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits and how to protect your right to receive the benefits that you deserve.

How Eligibility Is Decided

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not have a specific listing for migraines in its Blue Book Listing of Impairments. However, you may still be eligible for benefits if you can prove that you lack the residual functional capacity to engage in substantial gainful activity. In other words, you need to prove that your migraines prevent you from working enough to make the minimum amount of money that the SSA deems to be “substantial gainful activity.”

You can prove that you are unable to work by:

  • Keeping track of how often you get migraines. You might consider keeping a calendar for this purpose and making a note of the date and duration of each migraine.
  • Fully explaining what migraines are like for you. For example, you should provide details about what your migraines are like including things like nausea, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, and other symptoms, as applicable.
  • Providing medical evidence that describes your physical limitations. Your migraines and migraine treatment should be documented by your doctor. Any side effects of your treatment should also be noted.

You will also need to provide information about your education, work experience, and work responsibilities so that the Social Security Administration can understand how your migraines impact your ability to do the work that you are trained to do.

Don’t Try to Apply on Your Own

The majority of Social Security disability applications are denied. If you need Social Security disability benefits, it is important to complete your application honestly and fully so that a fair determination can be made about your eligibility.

Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers can help you do that. Please contact us today via this website or by phone to find out more about how we can help you get the benefits you deserve if you suffer from frequent migraines that prevent you from doing your job.

Morgan & Weisbrod LLP

by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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