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By katbriboe - December 13, 2016
...Several of my friends and family members have disabilities. Since I was old enough to understand what “disabled” meant, I’ve always been very careful with the word and its synonyms so as to only apply them... when appropriate and merited. When my migraines turned chronic two years ago, it never even crossed my mind that I might have a disability. When I started missing a day or two of my full-time internship every couple of weeks...

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By Holly Baddour - November 30, 2016
...It was through a mandatory HR seminar at work that I first learned about short and long-term disability options. I remember leaving the meeting in shock. I couldn’t believe there were benefits that seemed designed to support... someone like me. I didn’t know anyone who was disabled and I didn’t think of myself as disabled.  I had my own misconceptions and ignorance about the conditions that disability covered. I thought someone would have to have...

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By Macbeck - June 28, 2016
...While many other people have negative stories about filing for disability (SSDI), I’m here to share a success story. What do I call success? Getting approved the first time. I’ve likely been a migraineur since...

5 Answers Submitted By Tamara - January 17, 2018

…Having a huge problem finding a job that will work with my daily migraines and other issues. Starting to think about taking the plunge and trying to get some help through AISH. I can’t find much helpful info on applying here in Alberta. Search function is not pulling up anything. Should I use a lawyer? Which doctor to send in paperwork – family doctor is brand new, have doc who does my trigger point injections from the same clinic…

By jeremy - May 8, 2013
...The MIDAS (Migraine Disability Assessment) questionnaire was put together to help you measure the impact migraine is having on your patients’ lives. You can download a patient PDF, or simply complete the survey below....

5 Answers Submitted By Dove1919 - September 16, 2017

… renewing FMLA because of my neck and migraines for a couple years, now I’ve had to add heart failure to it. I’m applying for social security disability. Does anyone have advice for me to give me the best chance? Thank you…

By Amrita Bhowmick, MPH - January 11, 2012
...Migraines & Mental Health: Disability – Introduction While migraine disease itself can be incredibly disabling (the National Headache Foundation estimates that one in five chronic migraine patients cannot work due... by migraine disease they need to seek out disability benefits, such as long term disability or Social Security Disability, also live with a mental health condition. Many people who find themselves in a position to apply...

By Amrita Bhowmick, MPH - May 10, 2011
...10 Things You Should Know About Chronic Migraines and Applying for Social Security Disability 1. Focus on how your health issues prevent you from working. Social Security does not care how sick you are; rather, they need... the test. Medical records. The jobs you worked in the 15 years before you became disabled, the dates you started and ended your employment in those jobs and the tasks you performed in the positions. 6. Brainstorm your answers...

By Amrita Bhowmick, MPH - May 10, 2011
...Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal insurance program for disabled people administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It is funded by payroll taxes. There are two programs under the SSDI... umbrella, SSI and SSD. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is awarded to disabled adults and children with limited resources. The Social Security Disability (SSD) program pays benefits to disabled people who have worked long...

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By Iowapain - October 10, 2016
...I just got another notice saying no I am not disabled due to the fact that Iowa does not recognize Mental health as a real thing. I am at the End of my ropes. Their Doctor said I was. My neurologist has stated I was in many...

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By Prof. Joanna Kempner - May 16, 2012
... of migraine on a person’s life? Reporting the disability associated with migraine One potential way to get around this problem is to report the “disability” associated with migraine. Instead of telling your doctor how much your... a migraine? Tell your doctor! There is evidence that doctors are more sympathetic to reports of disability than they are to reports of pain. MIDAS tool Recognizing this, headache specialists have developed a questionnaire...

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By Tammy Rome - July 15, 2015
... made use of the airline’s disability services. Most importantly, I needed the use of a wheelchair in order to navigate the check-in and security screening process. The kindness of strangers made its impression. People stood.... In fact, a migraine attack disables me far more than an injured knee. Would kind strangers take notice? Would they help me navigate the light rail station or offer to carry my bags? I think we all know the answers...

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By Jodi - December 3, 2014
... preventatives but had to quit due to the severe side effects. Even when I didn’t have a migraine I was having severe cognitive issues, so bad that in July I was asked by my employer to go on short term disability until I could... figure out what was going on. I did that & short term disability paid for 2 weeks until I had the results back from my neuropsych exam. When I went to the neurologist Sept 5, she wanted me off for another 4 weeks as I had had...

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By Katie M. Golden - May 29, 2014
...This article is for anyone who currently earns a living, but has no clue how your bills would be paid if you became disabled, whether you are a Migraineur or not. Most of us are oblivious to the basic disability protection... laws, the intricacies of private disability insurance and the grueling process of applying for Social Security Disability. The problem is that we don’t think about it until it’s too late. Whether you have episodic or Chronic...

4 Answers Submitted By bet - January 21, 2018

…i have alawys been told that a migraine was a migraine no other name and no matter how long they lasted.so up till afew years back i thought i had went crazy couse i didnt have one or two day with it they lasted for a week or longer. the longest was a little over a month . i have migraines. then told i have black spots on my brain then i have cluster migraines. no one even trys to understands how i feel about all this. i have a list of other…

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By Editorial Team - September 20, 2017
...Managing symptoms of migraine is difficult enough, but emotional and mental challenges can also arise. Often, people aren’t just coping with one chronic condition, but several, and it can have a negative impact on the mental health of patients and their caregivers. Unfortunately, because the demands of managing the chronic physical condition(s) are so great, mental health often goes neglected. Your experience, and the experience of all our...

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By Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - December 27, 2016
...There are many different medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat migraine. Yet despite the availability of several options, patients may not be completely satisfied with their current migraine treatment. The reasons vary from patient to patient because not all migraine attacks are the same. This infographic may help to explain more about the different types of migraines. You may be familiar with sumatriptan...

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By Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - December 22, 2016
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By Editorial Team - June 13, 2016
...Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Zecuity (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system), has announced a voluntary suspension of sales, marketing, and distribution of the migraine patch due to the risk of serious burns and potential permanent scarring. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that a larger number of patients have reported experiencing burns and scarring on the area where the patch was worn since this treatment...

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By Leynal - February 9, 2015
...Right now I’m in the middle of withdrawing from Topiramate. I started taking topiramate about three years ago and it worked really well for me and had the added benefit of making me lose up to 20 pounds which was something I was struggling with after having my son 😉 But last year my migraines took a turn for the worse and kept getting worse and worse and I began to question whether or not the Topiramate was a good choice. Now my chronic...