June Is National Migraine Awareness Month

Facts about Migraines

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and our Omaha disability benefits attorneys would like to do our part to raise awareness of migraine disabilities.

Chances are good that you or someone you care about suffers from migraines. Migraines affect 25 percent of American women and 10 percent of American men. Here are some other facts about migraines:

  • Many people believe that migraines are psychosomatic. In fact, a migraine is a neurological disorder.
  • A migraine is more than a headache. Other symptoms of migraines include nausea, vomiting, neck pain, eye pain, and hypersensitivity to light, sound, or smell.
  • Approximately 37 million Americans suffer from migraines.
  • Half of migraine sufferers are undiagnosed and have never seen a doctor for the condition.
  • Migraines are the 7th leading cause of disability.
  • Seventy five percent of migraine sufferers are women of child-bearing age.
  • Migraines can affect children as young as five years old.
  • Half of migraine sufferers experienced there first migraine attack before the age of 12.
  • There is no cure for migraines.
  • There are migraine treatments, but medications do not work for all migraine sufferers. Many migraine medications have serious side-effects.
  • A migraine attack lasts four to 72 hours.
  • More than 90 percent of migraine sufferers are unable to function during an attack.
  • Migraine causes more lost years of health than ovarian cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and tuberculosis combined, yet receives less than one percent of the funding from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Migraines and other headaches cost the economy $31 billion each year.
  • People who suffer from migraines have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • The Social Security Administration does not include migraines or headaches in its disability listings.

Although migraines are not included in the Social Security Administration’s listing of qualifying disabilities, you can get Social Security disability benefits for migraine (SSDI) if your condition prevents you from being able to hold a job. Our Omaha SDDI attorneys can help. For a free evaluation, contact Cuddigan Law at 402-933-5405.

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