Migraines and Social Security Disability BenefitsMigraines and Social Security Disability Benefits

 Migraine headaches are painful, often debilitating headaches that affect a significant number of Americans regularly. In many cases, migraines cannot be shut down with a simple mediation. Although symptoms can be minimized, migraine sufferers must endure the pain and side effects until the episode passes, anywhere from a few hours to three days or more. Some patients may get migraines several times per month. Symptoms of migraines include:
  • Flashes of light (auras) at onset
  • Head pain
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity
  • Throbbing pain
  • Blind spots
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Weakness
  • Language or speech problems
  • Thirst
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression

The cause of migraine headaches is unclear, but chemical imbalances in the brain and nervous system changes are among the theories of explanation. While a migraine is taking place, a person experiences a drop in serotonin, an important neurotransmitter of the central nervous system. As a result, blood vessels dilate and become inflamed, causing severe head pain. There are migraine triggers that may bring about an episode, including rapid hormonal changes, alcohol, caffeine, and other foods, stress, sensory stimuli such as bright lights, sleep pattern changes, physical exertion, weather changes, and certain medications.

Migraine Headache Treatments

Migraine sufferers may benefit from pain relievers as well as preventative medications intended to reduce the frequency or severity of migraine attacks. Antidepressants, cardiovascular medication, and anti-seizure drugs are also used to control this condition. Learning what your individual triggers are and avoiding them is also important in controlling migraines. To find out more information about migraines, please visit WebMD’s Migraines and Headaches Health Center.

Migraine headaches don’t have to put you in a financial crisis. If you are unable to work due to migraines, The Cochran Firm can help you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance or appeal a denied claim. Please contact our disability lawyers today to set up a free case review.

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