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Are Your Headaches Causing Blurred Vision, Nausea, or Sensitivity to Light?

Posted Scott B. Cooper on May 20, 2014 in Social Security Disability

Chances are, you have had at least one headache in your life. Some people feel a headache coming on when they are stressed, dehydrated, or have a sinus infection; however, they take a couple of ibuprofen and things seem to clear up pretty quickly. Then there are individuals who feel like they get headaches all the time. According to the National Headache Foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches—of these, 28 million suffer from migraines.

Is it Really a Migraine?

If you have recurring headaches, how can you tell if they are actually migraines? Not all people experience migraines in the same way, but typically, the symptoms will extend beyond pain throughout the head and may include:

  • Sensitivity to light, noises, or smells
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Vision problems like blurred vision, blind spots, seeing bright flashing lights, or wavy lines
  • Changes in body temperature, like feeling very warm or very cold
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Do any of those symptoms sound familiar? If so, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately and begin to keep a headache journal. Take note of every time you experience a headache and include as many details as possible: day of the week, time of day, what you were doing when the headache occurred, how you were feeling before then, what you ate, and any physical effect you felt.

People who suffer from severe migraines that affect their ability to work and live a normal life may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Whether you would like assistance ensuring your application for SSDI is accepted the first time around, or you have already been denied and need legal help with an appeal—the Social Security disability attorneys at Schmidt Kramer are ready to help you.