I have a pending appeal hearing with the DRO for migraine headache. It was initially turned down for an increase for the following reason: The occurrence is not often enough (at least twice a month) to warrant a higher rating than 0 percent that was awarded in 1998. Also, according to the C & P doctor who examined me in 2009, the symptoms can be controlled with Motrin.
Since that time, I have been prescribed a much stronger medicine (Sumatriptan) by the VA doctor to control the symptoms of the migraine, and the occurrence of the prostrating attacks had increased (at least twice a month). How do I prove to the DRO in the upcoming hearing that the headache is now occurring more than twice a month? I can’t just get up out of bed and drive myself to the VA whenever I’m having an attack.
Do I just base my argument on the basis that the medication I’m on now is much stronger than the Motrin I was intiailly taking for the migraine? Also, can I just tell the DRO that my migraine is occurring more often now than when I was first examined by the C & P doctor in 2009? Please advise.