Headaches, depending on their severity, can be debilitating for some people. They can cause visual impairments, nausea, light and sound sensitivity in addition to pain. For people who experience daily headaches or cluster headaches, this constant bombardment of pain can lead to depression or even suicide in extreme cases.
But while the need for disability benefits may be a high priority for chronic headache sufferers, the need for an effective treatment is even higher. That's why a clinical trial being conducted at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will come as a welcomed relief to our Missouri and Illinois readers because the surgery they are offering provides substantial relief from the pain of cluster headaches.
The clinical procedure uses a neurotransmitter, which is surgically inserted into a patient's sinus cavity near the sphenopalatine ganglion nerve bundle, to disrupt the pain signals created by a cluster headache. The pain signal is disrupted by an electrical impulse delivered by the device, which is activated via an external remote a patient uses when they sense the onset of a headache.
Because of "excellent outcomes" with clinical trials in Europe, researchers at OSU are hopeful that the clinical trial here in the United States could lead to more widespread treatments for other disabling conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, and anxiety disorders -- all of which can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance.
Because the surgery is only available through the clinical trial, this treatment option for cluster headache sufferers is not available to everyone at this time. This means that there is still a need for disability benefits in some cases. Although cluster headaches are not considered a Compassionate Allowance, if a person can show how debilitating they can be and how severely they impact everyday life, it is possible that a sufferer could receive benefits for their condition.
It's important to point out though that most applications are denied the first time around, which means a person may need to appeal their claim with the help of a skilled attorney if they truly need to receive benefits for their condition.
Source: The South Florida Business Journal, "6 surgeries you wouldn't believe they're doing," Andrea Tortora, Sept. 26, 2014