When you apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI), it is your responsibility to prove to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that you have a serious disability that prevents you from being able to earn a living. You can get SSDI for migraines, but you will need proper documentation to support your claim.
The first type of documentation is medical documentation. You will need a copy of your medical record. Your medical records should contain a diagnosis of your migraines, notes about the treatments you’ve tried and whether the treatments were effective, and information about the frequency and severity of your migraines. Your doctor should also write about the effect the migraines have on your daily life.
However, your doctor isn’t around when your migraines strike. He doesn’t sit beside you as you wait in the dark for your symptoms to go away. He doesn’t know about the activities you miss because of your headaches. He may not know about the days that you’ve been unable to work. This is the kind of information that you need to show the SSA that your claim should be approved. A migraine diary can help you provide this information.
Get a blank notebook. Every time you get a migraine, write down the following details:
- The date of the migraine
- The approximate time that the migraine started
- The names of any medications you took to prevent or reduce the pain of the migraine
- Any side effects from the medications
- The amount of time that the migraine lasted
- What you did during the migraine (lie down in a dark room)
- What you were unable to do because of the migraine (missed work, couldn’t pick up the kids)
- How you felt after the headache
- How long it took for you to recover from the migraine
Showing the SSA exactly how your migraines prevent you from working will improve your chances of receiving SSDI for migraines.
If your application is denied, don’t give up. Many people are denied SSDI the first time they apply. Our Boston disability benefit lawyers can help you obtain the documentation you need to appeal your disability claim. Contact Keefe Disability Law at 888-904-6847 to schedule a free consultation with a Massachusetts SSDI lawyer, or request a free copy of our book, 7 Costly Mistakes that can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim.