Missing work for Migraines, is your Employer Supporting You

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If you live with migraine headaches, you are not alone. According to Migraine.com, more than 38 million individuals in the United States suffer from migraines. Certain studies suggest that number could be even higher, with as many as 13 percent of adults in America dealing with migraines in some shape, form or fashion.

Although migraines are this widespread, the ailment remains rather shrouded in mystery. Medical science has yet to come to a consensus on what causes migraines and, even though the symptoms of migraines are so intense they become debilitating for up to 90 percent of patients, many employers may not grasp the full seriousness of the ailment.

Know your rights—how laws protect migraine patients from discrimination at work

Did you know that two important pieces of legislation actually protect the rights of migraine sufferers in the workplace? These laws are the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits an employer from discriminating against any worker who suffers from a disability. Legally speaking, a disability is defined as a mental or physical impairment that limits one or more major life activities. Migraines often fall into this classification because of their debilitating nature. Employers also must provide a “reasonable accommodation” to any employees with disabilities—meaning that, for individuals who suffer from migraines, employers must allow them to take off time from work to recover from a migraine attack and seek treatment.

Migraines also can be classified as a serious health condition under FMLA. First, your migraines need to be diagnosed officially by your physician, who then can provide information to your employer on both how serious the ailment is and whether migraine attacks will prevent you from working or limit your duties.

The challenge of diagnosing migraines

As mentioned above, making a correct diagnosis for a migraine patient is difficult. In fact, migraines often can be misdiagnosed—especially in cases where headaches actually are being caused by a case of temporomandibular joint disorder. Also known as TMD or TMJ disorder, this ailment occurs due to an alignment issue with the temporomandibular joint itself, which connects your jaws to your skull. Patients with TMJ disorder often experience headaches that feel as painful as migraines and occur with regularity—just like migraines. If you have been living with painful headaches for an extended period of time without finding lasting relief, then a case of TMJ disorder could be the root of your problem. If so, the only way to eliminate the headaches for good is to have your case of TMD treated—and there is no better-qualified medical professional to identify and treat TMD than a neuromuscular dentist in Nashville like the ones on staff at Devine Dentistry.

Migraine Relief in Nashville

Ready to learn more? Please contact the office of Devine Dentistry by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide the highest level of comprehensive care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville in Tennessee.