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Social Security Disability - Migraine Headaches

The regulations state that SSA cannot establish a disabling condition based on symptoms alone. According to the medical literature, there are no laboratory findings or clinical signs to substantiate the presence of migraine headaches in most cases. The diagnosis of migraine headache is usually established through patients’ reported symptoms (pain, photophobia, nausea). Previous guidance from the Office of Disability from the early 1990’s stated that, although migraine headaches that are disabling for 12 continuous months in spite of treatment are extremely rare, there are some cases that do not respond to treatment. The guidance said to consider whether the impairment medically equals listin

New Ruling on Interstitial Cystitis – Social Security Disability

SSA has issued Social Security Ruling (SSR) 15- 1p, which became effective immediately upon publication. 80 Fed. Reg. 14215 (Mar. 18, 2015). This SSR rescinds and replaces SSR 02-2p, which was issued in 2002. In Section I of SSR 15-1p, SSA describes interstitial cystitis (IC) as “a complex genitourinary disorder involving recurring pain or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region.” Some medical providers and organizations, including the American Urological Association, consider the disease synonymous with “painful bladder syndrome” and “bladder pain syndrome.” The SSR states that although it uses the term IC, it is designed to address all three disorders. IC occurs more often in women tha

THE DAVID LAW FIRM ANNOUNCES DIABETES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The David Law Firm is excited to announce the recipients of their juvenile diabetes scholarships this year: Crystal Bailey of Conway, South Carolina and Darec Longfellow of Graniteville, South Carolina. The David Law Firm will send $2,500 to Francis Marion University on behalf of Bailey and $2,500 to Clemson University on behalf of Longfellow. A native of Horry County, Bailey founded the Cure for the Kids golf tournament. She was on the basketball, volleyball and softball team. Bailey was also in the debate club, placing third in the state. She was President of her student body, a camp counselor, drummer and guitarist in her church band, and on the yearbook staff. Her teachers felt she

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