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Can migraines be secondary to the pills for PTSD? The VA gave me these pills for anxiety to treat the PTSD. Now I’m awaiting my rating for PTSD.

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Look up the medication and see if that is a side effect.  

When did you serve?  asking because Headaches are presumptive for gulf war vets

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9 hours ago, Wise Guy said:

Can migraines be secondary to the pills for PTSD? The VA gave me these pills for anxiety to treat the PTSD. Now I’m awaiting my rating for PTSD.

Look up the medication side effects. More importantly, migraines are definitely secondary to PTSD and typically easier to prove. Anxiety and stress absolutely cause migraines. I would absolutely recommend you investigate that route before you try to claim it was caused by medication.

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I served from Oct 2010 to Nov 2018. The medication they gave me for the anxiety does have the side effect of headaches

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Just make sure that you do some research. Have evidence to back up your claim. I have recently submitted a claim for migraines secondary to PTSD and other serviced connected disabilities and from side effects from medications for serviced connected disabilities. Had a C&P exam with LHI, of course a nurse practitioner, he stated that PTSD does not cause migraines. DENIED.

As long as you have an IMO/IME stating that migraines are caused by your SC PTSD and medications for PTSD, you should be good to go.

If not, you will be fighting a battle as to what I am doing as of today.

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