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Migraine Headaches and Receiving Social Security Disability

Migraine Incidence by Age, Gender, Type
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A lot of jokes are made about headaches. However, migraine headaches are no laughing matter. They can be an extremely disabling condition. Migraine headaches are a type of vascular headache. Migraine headaches are caused by a combination of the enlargement of blood vessels (vasodilatation) and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. Your temporal artery enlarges during a migraine attack. (The temporal artery is an artery that lies on the outside of your skull right under the skin of your temple.) The nerves that coil around your temporal artery release chemicals when the enlargement of the temporal artery stretches them. These chemicals cause pain, inflammation and further enlargement of your artery. The increasing enlargement of the artery magnifies the pain you experience with migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are a huge problem in the United States, as 28 million people suffer with them. They are more common with women than men. Up to17% of women and 6% of men have suffered from migraine headaches. There are several warning signs and symptoms lasting from hours to days that a migraine headache is on its way. Irritability, euphoria or depression, yawning, sleepiness, and cravings for salty or sweet foods are some of these warning indications. The primary sign or symptom of migraine headaches is an intense, pounding or throbbing pain that is usually unilateral, but about one third of the time is bilateral. This pain can involve your temple, forehead, eyes, or the back of your head. Migraine headaches often activate your sympathetic nervous system. This is what causes the symptoms of vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. This also leads to a decrease in blood circulation that results in pallor of your skin, as well as cold feet and hands. It is also your sympathetic nervous system that contributes to blurred vision and sensitivity to light and sound. When you are suffering with migraine headaches you usually want to be in a quiet, dark room. This is also due to the activity of your sympathetic nervous system. Migraine headaches may be why you or a loved one is unable to work. This disoreder may be the cause of your disability. If this is true, you or your loved one may need help. You may need financial assistance. Where will that help come from? Who will you be able to turn to for help? Have you or your loved one applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by migraine headaches? Were you or your loved one denied? If you or your loved one is planning on appealing the denial by the Social Security Administration, there is something that you need to know. People who are represented by a caring disability attorney like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than those without a lawyer.