Migraine Headaches

The Social Security Administration has issued a memorandum stating that chronic migraine headaches can be as severe as a seizure disorder meeting Listing 11.02 or 11.03 when they occur with Listing level frequency and result in an alteration of awareness. Also, Social Security recognizes that medication used to treat migraines can cause altered awareness.

If you suffer from migraines it needs to be clearly documented how often you get them and how bad they are. We need to be able to show the judge evidence from you, a family member, and your doctor showing that your migraine headaches meet the Listing. Please keep a diary of when you get the headaches and how severe they are. Make sure your doctor sees the diary so that he or she is aware of your condition. Please keep track of any changes in your awareness during your headaches such as clouded senses, confused thinking, blunted responses, lack of attention, and incoherence. Please make sure we get a copy of your diary prior to your hearing. The bottom line: The more information and documentation of your condition we have, the better your chances of winning your case.