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Seeking Social Security Disability for chronic migraines

There are headaches, and then there are migraines. Those who have the occasional migraine know that it typically means a day in bed with the blinds drawn and the house silent. However, you have more than the occasional migraine, and it interferes with the most basic elements of your life.

Like many chronic migraine suffers, you may experience the debilitating pain and other symptoms as often as 15 times a month. This likely means calling out sick from work or being unable to efficiently perform on the job. If you have considered the possibility of seeking Social Security Disability Income because of your migraines, you may already know that obtaining approval for a condition that is largely self-reported may prove difficult. Documentation is essential.

Preparing your case

The more documentation you can collect about your condition and how it affects your daily life, the better your chances of a successful application for SSDI benefits. The most important information Social Security agents will look for is how your migraines prohibit you from working, but everything you record about your suffering and treatment will contribute to your body of evidence. The following are critical to your case:

  • Copious and specific details about how your migraines interfere with your daily life
  • Descriptions of the changes you have experienced since the migraines began and the grief it causes you
  • Corroboration from family members who witness your struggle
  • Testimony from co-workers and employers about how your migraines affect your attendance and ability to work
  • Medical records from every doctor and specialist you have visited, including trips to the emergency room, test results, alternative medicines, prescriptions, therapies and infusions, past and present

It is important that you demonstrate that you have tried everything and that medical professionals have ruled out other potential diagnoses. The support of your doctor will be essential, so if you find that he or she has little experience with SSDI or is less than willing to assist you in seeking benefits, you may want to look for another physician. Additionally, be sure to carefully examine the medical records you gather and be prepared to explain any notations that contradict your claim.

You may feel that the monumental work required to compile this information is a lot to ask of someone who suffers from chronic migraines. This is why many people seek the assistance of an experienced attorney from the beginning of the SSDI process. A Kentucky attorney can help you prepare your application, advocate for your cause and support you in the event that an appeal is necessary.

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