For those who have never suffered from a migraine headache, it may be difficult to understand how truly debilitating these headaches can be. Victims often are unable to work or perform simple daily tasks while suffering from an attack. Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic migraine sufferers, and in many cases there is no foolproof way to prevent them from occurring. For frequent sufferers, this can mean significant financial instability caused by time missed from work. These migraine sufferers may seek Social Security disability benefits in Bellevue as a way to offset some of those losses.
In order to gain approval for a disability claim involving chronic migraines, the Social Security Administration will want to see evidence that you were diagnosed with this condition and that you have undergone regular treatment. There are no definitive tests to diagnose migraines; however, the diagnosis can be made based on the patient’s reporting of their symptoms, a family history of the condition, and additional tests performed to rule out other causes.
Medical Evidence Considered by SSA for a Benefits Claim
- Medical records that demonstrate that your doctor has diagnosed you with chronic migraines.
- Copies of MRI or CT scans which rule out other causes for your recurring severe headaches.
- Doctors’ notes that pertain to the frequency and severity of your migraines.
- Results of any additional tests performed to rule out other conditions that could be causing your headaches.
- Medical records from visits to the emergency room for migraine headache treatment.
- Medical records from hospitalizations for severe migraine headaches.
- Testimony from family members or friends who you spend a great deal of time with.
- Records of the various treatments that you may have tried to treat your chronic migraines, such as pain medications, anti-nausea medications, or preventative medications.
- Medical evidence that you are complying with your doctor’s recommended treatments.
In addition to the types of medical evidence noted above, the SSA may also ask your doctor to complete a report or questionnaire about your condition.
If you suffer from chronic migraines or another disability in Bellevue, the attorneys at Cuddigan Law are here to help. We encourage you to read our free book, Warning: Read This Free Book Before You Make a Deadly Mistake In Your Application for Disability Benefits, to learn more about the disability application process.