Migraines and Social Security Disability

It can be difficult to prove that Migraines prevent you from working any job.

The problem is that Social Security cannot easily see the results of migraines.

For instance, if you have had back surgery MRIs will show the condition of your back.

Some brain diagnostic tests will show white matter that may be consistent with migraines, however there is no definitive test for migraines.

It does help to treat with a specialist for migraines, such as a neurologist or pain management specialist.

The specialist should provide a diagnosis of migraines and their severity.

A history of treatment including medications or botox treatment will be helpful.

It is also helpful to keep a simple journal of your migraines.

Mark the days you have them, how severe they are, and how long you are laid up.

The question Social Security will have is why can’t you work a full time job.

If the migraines will cause you to miss more than 2 days a month, then you will be unable to work.

If you will need unscheduled breaks through the work day, then you will be fired.

You must convince Social Security that you miss too many days and be off task too much during the work shift.

Questions about your disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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