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Are my headaches a disability?

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2020 | SSDI

You suffer from consistent headaches. At first, you just tried to take over-the-counter painkillers. They helped for a while, but things still got worse with time. Now you’re wondering if the headaches can actually qualify as a disability. 

They certainly can. According to the National Headache Foundation, they may qualify if they are chronic migraines. These can be so severe that they make it harder or even impossible for you to work. In fact, the NHF says that they can even incapacitate you for days on end. Clearly, this is a situation in which your employment is threatened by your condition, and thus you may qualify for benefits with proper medical documentation. 

It’s important to note that migraines also go far beyond mere headaches in many cases. They may make you feel incredibly sensitive to sound and light. If you are supposed to be working in a brightly-lit office building or on a noisy construction site, for instance, it can be impossible to do so when you need to be in a dimly-lit room where you can rest. 

It may also be wise to talk to medical professionals to see what other conditions you may have. Is something else causing your headaches? The migraines are bad enough on their own, but is there something even more serious behind them? If so, that condition may also qualify you for benefits. 

If you think that it’s time to take that next step, make sure you know what legal options you have. Seeking benefits can be complicated, but it may be possible, and you need to know exactly where you stand.