According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most common illness globally and the sixth most incapacitating. Over 14 million people suffer chronic daily migraines with at least 15 a month. If you are one of these, you may qualify for Social Security disability.
There is not a yes or no answer to the question of if Social Security disability covers migraines. You must answer questions and if those answers agree with SSA’s guidelines, then yes, disability will pay you benefits for the disability.
The SSA uses its Blue Book to help decide. The book is a list of qualifying disorders categorized under different parts of the body. Migraine is a neurological disorder; however, the SSA does not have a listing for it. Instead, the SSA will determine your eligibility by:
- Looking at your daily limitations
- Reviewing your medical information
- Considering the frequency and severity of your migraines
If the SSA finds you cannot perform a job for which you have qualifications, it may find you eligible for benefits. First, you must get all your information together for proof.
To better prepare for the information you have to provide, gather all medical information. You will need:
- Names, addresses, phones numbers and dates of exams, procedures and treatments
- Names and dates of medical tests you had and who ordered them
- Names of medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter, the reason for the drug and who prescribed them
You will also need your job history with the jobs you had 15 years before your disability.
You can apply for disability online. The SSA provides an adult disability checklist for help.