The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
People make claims for long-term disability for various types of injuries or illnesses, physical and
This blog post will be the first in our new series about various health conditions and long-term disability
claims. This blog post will look at different types of migraines.
A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, which usually occurs on just one side
of the head and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. A
migraine attack can cause tremendous pain that lasts up to several days and can cause disabling pain.
Sometimes a person can suffer from severe, debilitating migraines that interfere with his or her ability to
work due to their frequency and duration. Migraines can also be associated with other conditions such
as anxiety, depression and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
There are migraines with aura, where a person experiences some nervous system symptoms such as
visual, sensory, movement or speech disturbances. For example, you may feel muscle weakness or have
a sensation that someone is touching you. Most people experience migraines without aura.
It is felt that both genetics and environment play a role in the development of migraines. The frequency
with which migraines occur differs from person to person. Symptoms of a migraine as mentioned
A migraine can be triggered by a number of factors which range from:
Treatments for migraines include pain relieving medications and preventative medications, but they
may not do away with migraines completely. They may help decrease the frequency and duration of
migraines. In general, the goal of treatment is to prevent a full-blown migraine attack. Botox injections
are also a form of treatment offered to people with migraines.
It is also recommended that you avoid known migraine triggers (once you determine what they are).
What is the difference between a headache and a migraine? According to this article, headaches may
not occur in a familiar pattern the way that migraines day and can vary a great deal in how long they
last, their severity and cause. To help differentiate between a migraine and a headache, doctors suggest
keeping a journal of symptoms to document the time of onset, any triggers, the duration of the
headaches and if there were any noticeable signs leading up to the migraine attack or any other
symptoms. As well, another suggestion that is made by the International Headache Society is the “5-4- 3-
2-1” criteria used to diagnose migraines without aura. This is explained as:
It is apparent that the symptoms of a migraine can be debilitating and can limit a person’s daily activities
both physically and mentally. A migraine can interfere with a person’s ability to do both sedentary and
physical work as it is painful and interferes with a person’s ability to focus, and is worsened by bright
lights and loud noises.
If you have been denied long-term disability benefits for any reason, you should speak to a lawyer to
find out what your rights are. Our firm handles long-term disability claims and we offer a free initial
consultation with a licensed lawyer that can be arranged at a date and time that is convenient for you.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine- headache/symptoms-causes/syc- 20360201
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