Can I Get Social Security Benefits for Migraine Headaches?

headacheYes you can. With the proper case preparation and documentation, it is possible to convince Social Security that you cannot work due to your migraine headaches.

What you need to prove that you cannot work due to migraines:

  • documentation from your doctor verifying the frequency and severity of the migraines,
  • documentation from yourself in the form of a migraine diary,
  • and migraines that occur, at the very least, once per month.

If you have migraines that occur less than once per month, but also have other conditions that affect your ability to work, you may still be able to get benefits based on the combination of your impairments.

If you only have migraines and they happen less than once per month, your chances of getting approved are not as good as someone that has them more frequently. But you should still pursue your claim if you feel you cannot work, regardless of how often you have migraines.

In your migraine diary be sure to track:

  • the date of the migraine,
  • what medications you took to prevent or lessen the migraine,
  • approximately how long the headache lasted,
  • what you did: lie down in a dark room, sleep, etc.,
  • and how long it took you to recover from it.

It is not just the number of migraines that you have that Social Security will consider when determining whether or not you are disabled. They will also look at the side effects of any medications you take and whether you have any other limitations that will impact your ability to hold a job.

We have had many clients with migraines, and the consistent documentation of their headaches made a big difference in the outcome of their case.


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