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If you have chronic migraines, are you eligible for disability?

On Behalf of | Nov 12, 2018 | Firm News |

If you are one of the many people who suffer from migraines in West Virginia, you understand the significant impact these serious headaches can have on your life. Migraines are severe, very painful headaches that are much more than an inconvenience – they can be debilitating and often affect a person’s ability to work. Chronic migraine sufferers may not be able to hold gainful employment because of their condition. 

Migraines are a neurological condition that is much more than just a bad headache. It can lead to various issues and symptoms that can leave you unable to work and enjoy a certain quality of life. If you have severe migraines on a regular basis, you could have a valid disability, which means you may be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration.

What do migraine sufferers experience? 

People who get migraines often begin to experience symptoms in the days leading up to the event. From food cravings to excessive fatigue, the impact of a migraine can affect you for days before and after the onset of the headache. During the actual headache phase, a person with migraines may experience the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Extreme and debilitating pain in the head and neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dizziness or fainting 

During the actual headache, it is nearly impossible to function as usual. This stage of the migraine cycle can last for hours, and a person is likely unable to work during this time. After the migraine diminishes, symptoms of fatigue, mood swings and dull headache pain can persist.

People who have multiple migraines per week are often unable to function in a work environment. If you have this medical condition, you may consider moving forward with a disability claim. Your inability to earn a living may qualify you for the financial support you need, but you do not have to navigate this process on your own.

Hope for migraine sufferers

If you think you could qualify for disability benefits, you may start with a complete evaluation of your case. This can help you understand your options, and an experienced disability benefits attorney can assist you with every step of your claim. With guidance, you may be able to avoid missteps and pursue the benefits you need without unnecessary setbacks.

Suffering from chronic migraines can change your life, but there is hope for people who are unable to work due to this disabling medical condition.