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Can you get Social Security Disability for headaches?


There is nothing more upsetting than getting ready for your day and feeling a serious headache coming on. You may see auras or hear unusual sounds that signal that a severe headache is on its way and will have a major impact on your next few days.

Headaches, particularly migraines, have the potential to be disabling. Sometimes, migraines are so severe that someone can’t even get out of bed or must stay in a pitch-black room. These headaches are so devastating that they cause significant time off work, and, in some cases, job loss.

It is possible to seek Social Security Disability benefits for migraine

Getting Social Security Disability benefits isn’t easy for anyone, but if you have regular migraines that meet the requirements set by the Social Security Administration, then you may want to try. If you have enough work credits in your history and are no longer able to work because of the severity of your headaches, now is the time to look into applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

What will you need to do to get SSDI for migraine?

To start with, you will need to show that you have a medically determinable impairment.  Your condition needs to last for a year or have the potential to result in death. You need to provide the Social Security Administration with evidence that you have a severe condition, so you will need to have medical testing performed and get statements from your physicians stating the condition you’re in.

If the Social Security Administration orders an exam, the results may also qualify as evidence and be helpful in your case.

Demonstrating how severe your condition has become is essential to having your application approved. Migraine is not listed in the Blue Book as a qualifying neurological disorder, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to compare your condition to others that are. For example, traumatic brain injuries are listed in the Blue Book, so if your migraines began after an injury, you may be able to seek disability benefits. Even if not, you may still be able to get disability benefits, so it’s worth learning more about how you can prove that you are disabled and need this support.

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