Short Term Disability Denied

Back in March I had my first migraine with aura which included stroke-like symptoms on my right side (which is the side my headaches are on), tingling in my face & hands, inability to focus & process & speak clearly. This progressed to chronic migraines for several months with up to 19 in a 4 week period. I had an mri & eeg, saw a neurologist, had a neuropsych exam, which came back with no problems, tried 2 different 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 16 migraines in the previous 4 weeks (I kept a diary & have the day to day symptoms, severity, etc.) I went back to work on Oct 6 & gave my notice that day as I was still struggling cognitively & didn't feel I could do the accounting work I was doing. I did find another job with less hours (25 down from 40) & no accounting work. I am doing more of a data entry work now. I am appealing the decision. I contacted my previous employer to ask them to put together a letter stating the problems I was having when I was at work with a migraine as well as what was going on even when I didn't have one. I have also contacted my neurologist to have her put together something stating why she felt I needed to be off another 4 weeks. I have found information online about migraine brain & the associated issues that I am going to send as well, but does any one have any advice as to what else to send them. When I went back to work, I had 11 migraines the previous 4 weeks & they have since returned to my more "normal" menstrual migraine. I don't know what caused the sudden change in my migraines or the return to my more normal schedule, but I don't feel that what I am asking from them is unreasonable.

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. We never sell or share your email address.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.