Giving up work

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Giving up work

Postby Ashton » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:35 pm

After 6 happy years in my job am unable to carry on
Immune system and thyroid knackered
Cfs
And fibromyalgia

Question is do I resign or can I ask for ill health retirement?
Have already cut my hours at work .
Waiting to see occ health.
Any advise please
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Re: Giving up work

Postby helenfelen » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:41 pm

i would be very interested in any answer to this as well! have been signed off since feb!
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Ashton » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:49 pm

Hi sorry you are signed off hugs to you

Forgive me for being nosy but have you had problems from work with you being off.have you seen occ health? Offered reduced hours etc?
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Re: Giving up work

Postby helenfelen » Sun Sep 22, 2013 2:57 pm

major problems! seen occy health, occy health dr, been offered reduced hrs but as i said to them - couldn't pay my mtg with that as already part time, have to call work every week 'to keep in contact', threaten me with dismissal regularly until i call their bluff! would quit in an instant if i knew would have money coming in from somewhere but can't even claim benefits if quit! spoke to job centre and all they can say is if i quit would have to put in app for dla etc and 'see what happens'! great! especially when stress makes it flare worse!
Absolutely dreading having to go back at some point!!!
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Happy(jerky)feet » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:00 pm

Hi ,I too am thinking of giving up work these last two weeks have been awful . Not been into work ,only have part time job but can hardly walk atm .going to drs tomorrow to get signed off work .employers very good but can't afford to pay me sick money really as a local charity and I feel guilty mucking them around , but we really need the money . Don't know what too do :cry:
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Ashton » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:03 pm

Helen felen What an awful situation to be in.i feel for you.
Haven't got as far as you but am not fit to do my job .dont want to resign as will get nothing.i know it's not there fault I'm ill but it's not mine either and have to think of my family.
Hope someone can point us in the right direction.
Take care :-)
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Ashton » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:08 pm

Hi happy feet
It's not a good situation is it.
Do you worry that when the day comes we lose our jobs that you will cope or feel depressed.i worry about this.im off to docs for sick note too will think of you at least we are not alone lol
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Re: Giving up work

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:24 pm

Retirement on health grounds only tends to be offered once all other possibilities have been tried, retried, and have all failed. And usually, the person will have been in a position where they have been unable to work for a considerable length of time. When I was offered retirement, which was way back in 2001, I had been off work for over 18 months before offering it to me was even considered by my previous employer. If you use the search box in the top right hand corner of each page, it should bring up all topics where ill health retirement is mentioned. The most recent topic that comes to mind involves Iceskatemum, and her posts detail what she has had to go thru for it to be considered as there are many, many hoops that need to be jumped thru, lots of waiting for decisions to be made, and then there isn't a 100% guarantee that a request will be granted.

If you were to resign, you could find that it has an effect on benefits that you may be eligible to claim, with things like longer waiting periods being applicable before you can submit a claim.

You need to seek advice from someone who is well versed in this area to see what options may be available to you, they will be able to give you advice specific to your situation.

I wish it was a more positive, definitive answer to what you are asking, but with it being such a very fickle and complex area, you really do need some specialised advice about it.
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Ashton » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:30 pm

Thanks for the advise thought it would be complicated :-|
But huge thanks for advise on how to search website computers not my strong point :-D
Thanks and thanks again this site is the only thing that makes me realise I'm not alone.
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Happy(jerky)feet » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Hi Ashton . I am really trying hard to fight on but I am only making myself worse and I do worry about how I will cope ,I don't earn a lot but it helps. I think I am having a flare up atm I have been very busy and stressed this last 6/8 weeks but who knows how long it will last . I don't think I will get any benefits as my hubby works and I don't pay N I . Hope you get sorted soon .
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Re: Giving up work

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:25 pm

Happy(jerky)feet wrote: I don't think I will get any benefits as my hubby works and I don't pay N I . Hope you get sorted soon .

Before deciding on what to do, seeking advice on your specific situation may be an idea. A talk with a Benefits Adviser, or someone who is familiar with the system could bring up some things that you may be eligible to claim that you weren't aware of.
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Re: Giving up work

Postby swbadcock » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:50 pm

Hi Not a easy position to be in i know , i had to give up my previous job which i done since i left collage 25 yrs i worked for the same garage and was in a very good position as workshop manager .Over the past 5-6 yrs i was struggling with all i done could not sit or stand without pain , in the end after a terrible last year where i was not sleeping well and tacking a lot of time off sick i called it a day telling my employers that i could not carry on any more . After i decided my bossed asked me to attend an appointment with a doctor from occupational heath which i did, any way the doctor agreed i was unable to carry on in that particular job which helped as my rumi said back on a sick note without even asking what i felt about it , my doctor agreed with occupational heath also .I have not worked for 2 years now and find it strange still but at least i do not have the pressure of having to go when feeling terrible now . Good luck in your decision.
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Re: Giving up work

Postby fibro-lu » Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:52 pm

Ashton wrote:Helen felen What an awful situation to be in.i feel for you.
Haven't got as far as you but am not fit to do my job .dont want to resign as will get nothing.i know it's not there fault I'm ill but it's not mine either and have to think of my family.
Hope someone can point us in the right direction.
Take care :-)


hi, I sat it out and it took over 2 years (think nearly 3 years actually) until ex-employer awarded me Ill-Health-Retirement
it was a long way and needed was a lot of hard work, stamina, support from union, GP, Occupational Health Doctor etc
all the best :cow-wave: Lu
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Nuttythestud » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:35 pm

I'm going through ill health retirement at the moment. I've got RA, Polymyositis, Fibro and chronic kidney disease amongst other things. I was offered a greatly reduced pension by work because their doctor said that "sometime In the future I should be able to work because of the medication I'm on." I refused that, because I've got dodgy kidneys and I'm not guaranteed on being on my medication indefinitely, they brought in another one who said " there could be a cure in years to come for what I've got. But they both agreed that I wasn't fit for work. How can you win against statements like this. ??
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Re: Giving up work

Postby Ashton » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:43 pm

Wow sounds like a real battle.and guess what haven't the strength to do it.lolol
Will see gp tomorrow and then speak to work.work been fab but I am aware that I have dropped my work mates in it they have to do my job too.managed to drive daughter to pony riding today and watch came home and cooked meal and was then to tired to eat it lol.woulnt mind but I never get any slimmer.
Think you are all really brave to pursue this would be easier to just go and not make a fuss.
Will speak to my union.only thing in my favour is I work in school and am employed by a council
Take care everyone
Here's to a pain free week.well we can dream.
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