You May Qualify for Disability Benefits for Chronic Migraines

Chronic migraine sufferers in Sarpy County know all too well how debilitating this condition can be. Often, these crippling headaches are also accompanied by additional symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, or temporary loss of vision. A migraine attack can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours, and in some cases, the attack may last even longer. Victims may suffer from these migraines several times per week, per month, or on a daily basis. Fortunately, those with chronic migraines may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

What will the Social Security Administration consider when determining whether your chronic migraines are to the level of being a disability? The following is an overview of what the Social Security Administration will assess:

  • Whether you are able to perform basic work activities on a regular basis.
  • Whether your chronic migraines cause significant limitations in your ability to concentrate, understand instructions, associate with others, lift, walk, or stand.
  • How often you experience migraines.
  • How often you need to miss work as a result of a migraine.
  • Whether you have any other condition that further limit your ability to work.
  • Whether you are capable of performing a different type of full-time employment.
  • How old you are, what level of education you have achieved, and your past employment history.


Sarpy County residents who suffer from chronic migraines often have limited options in terms of treatment and prevention. Many current remedies cause significant side effects and provide minimal relief. As a result, a chronic migraine sufferer may find himself or herself unable to get out of bed for hours or days on end. In these severe cases, it is possible that you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

To learn more about the various conditions that may lead to eligibility for Social Security disability benefits and other helpful information about the claim process, visit the YouTube page for Cuddigan Law. We strive to offer helpful and informative videos that answer the most common questions by individuals seeking assistance with a Social Security disability matter.

Timothy J. Cuddigan
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