How do I know if my headaches are severe enough for VA disability benefits?

Migraine headaches are often characterized by some common symptoms. Most people experience some level of nausea, pounding A Hand Writing Migraine on a Whiteboardand throbbing head pain, and sensitivity to sound and light. But symptoms vary greatly, and people will experience migraines differently. They can suffer any or all of the common symptoms, as well as others.

While the cause of migraines isn’t known, these types of headaches can be very debilitating, and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes this. The VA will provide veterans disability benefits for their migraine headaches if it’s proven that the headaches were caused by an incident or event while in-service; they were caused by another condition that is service related; or they began while the veteran was serving.

Signs and Symptoms of Migraine Headaches    

There are a variety of signs and symptoms that characterize a migraine headache. Someone who suffers a migraine may experience some of the following:

  • Throbbing, pulsing, severe pain that may be located on one side of the head
  • Head pain that increases by performing any physical activity
  • Pain that disrupts your normal, daily activities
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound

Typically, a migraine lasts from 4 to 72 hours, but that time varies for each individual. And some people may have migraines once or twice a year or many times a month. Some people may experience migraines with auras, also known as “classic migraines.” Symptoms for this type of migraine include:

  • Flashes of sparkling light
  • A zigzag of dazzling light in your vision field
  • Blind spots that spread slowly in your vision
  • A tingling sensation in an arm or leg

If you’re a veteran and believe your migraine headaches are caused by your military service, contact us at 402-933-5405 to discuss your situation. We can help determine if you’re eligible for VA Disability benefits. 

 

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska