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Migraine - 30% Vs 50%?


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Got the white envelope in the mail today. The good news is that the VA rated me 30% for migraines, which put me in bed flat between 2.25 and 2.5 days per month, with migraines running for up to 5 days. Looking at the decision package, they rated me at 30% based on having, on average, one prostrating migraine per month over the last several months. The trip wire for 50% is defined by 38 CFR 4.120 is "With very frequent completely prostrating and prolonged attacks productive of severe economic inadaptability." The raters did not find that my claim met that threshold, despite the outside doctor stating that I cannot work and my migraines are twice the 30% rating threshold.

Do I have an argument for a 50% rating?

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I supported a 50% rating with a copy of my timesheets and calendar that reflected days and periods of work missed. I also keep a journal of headaches (and other conditions) that prevent me from workin

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I supported a 50% rating with a copy of my timesheets and calendar that reflected days and periods of work missed. I also keep a journal of headaches (and other conditions) that prevent me from working on given days. I can't stress this enough. If you don't keep track (days, times and pain levels) you risk losing objective evidence similar to what a doctor or hospital would capture to get a complete picture of your health. It seems small, but has made a huge difference in keeping my ratings and filing for increases I felt were justifiable and supportable.

Excellent point, Justrluk! I keep all that in my headache log myself. Impact is a HUGE piece.

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