June is National Migraine Awareness Month. The purpose of Migraine Awareness Month is to educate the public about the costs of migraines to the individual and to society.
More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraines; this number includes one out of every four women and one out of every ten men. Because migraines are so common, people without migraines tend to underestimate the seriousness of the condition.
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know that a migraine is more than an ordinary headache. Even with medication, the migraine attack can last from four to 72 hours. During that time, you experience throbbing pain, visual disturbances, tingling or numbness in the face and/or extremities, extreme sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to smell, touch, and sound. About 14 million Americans, 38 percent of migraine sufferers, experience daily migraine headaches.
More than 90 percent of those who suffer migraines say that the migraines interfere with their family life, social activities, schooling and career. Fifteen percent of migraine sufferers spend more than half of their waking hours in bed. Can you imagine going to work with a pounding migraine? Just interacting with co-workers would be a challenge. Doing your job would be impossible.
Each year, 430,000 Americans miss a total of 157 million days of work because of a migraine. This totals to an industry loss of about $31 billion.
What about the cost to the individual? Missing work can make it hard to make ends meet. If you miss too much work, you will lose your job. What can you do?
Your first step is to see a doctor. There are several medications that are approved to prevent migraines, yet people with migraines do not seek treatment. A medication might make it possible for you to live a normal life.
However migraine medications don’t work for everyone. If you have tried medical treatment and are still unable to hold a job, Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be an option. For more information about SSDI for migraines, read our free guide, Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability. To learn more about your own options, schedule an appointment with a Boston disability benefits attorney at Keefe Disability Law. Call 888-904-6847 to schedule your free consultation.