Would being signed off work for a little while help?

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Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby JemmaB88 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:56 pm

Hi all,
Me again. Has anyone been signed off work for a short period of time to try and get on top of things?
I am toying with the idea of asking the Doc to be signed off work. I am really struggling at the moment and I have been sent home from work yet again. My mind is just not able to concentrate on work right now and I think that maybe a short break from work might help me. What do you all think? Have you had any luck with a similar thing?
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby sallzz » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:13 pm

Hi Jem
I've been off work since November with fibro/depression. I do have to say the break from work was much needed.
I am signed off until end of this month, but my employer sent me for an occupational assessment and she has recommended that I have at least another 6 - 9 months off!!!! To be honest I'm not sure if I will go back to work.
I think there comes a time when you have to think of yourself and what is best for you.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do x
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby Nancyk » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:35 pm

Hi I had to finish work in dec due to my fibro and arthritis I feel a lot better but sometimes feel I'm a useless lump as I am stuck in the house and not able to do a lot, I used to struggle a lot at work and would get sent home quite often, if you are able to still get out and about you will be fine if you can still socialise but I find being isolated I can quite often feel down
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby Borderslass » Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:58 pm

Being signed off would certainly help, however it is a short term solution to what could be a long term illness.
Hows about looking into a change of role at work and a change of hours to help you manage your fibro better.
It is difficult to get the work balance right if indeed you can work at all.
If your employer cannot accommodate you then it might be time to think about a wee change of life direction :yikes: yep scary prospect, but very manageable.
Plenty of folks here been through it and can help you.
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby holmess » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:13 pm

Hi,
I've been signed off several times over the last couple of years, the most being over 4 months. To be honest listen to your body and don't try to over push yourself. I've just put in a flexible working request as full time is just too much!! Work are also referring me to occupational health. You have to do what's right for you, pushing yourself to go to work isn't always the best thing for you. Hopefully you have an understanding Dr who will help you here. Take the rest and see how you feel after that, I hope it all goes well for you :-) x
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby JemmaB88 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:47 pm

Hi guys,
Thanks for the replies. I worked at my current employers before and I left due to the need for extra hours and money. Another job came up but then I became very poorly (and diagnosed) and the 50 min drive morning and night as well as a very stressful job caused my fibro to spiral out of control, so I left. I worked part time in Homebase for a couple of months and then on the off-chance contacted my current employer to see if they had my old job still. They did and I have been back for a year. Things have started to get worse and I am still waiting to hear back from the neurologist (I had an MRI to check for MS/Chiari).
I am worried that I will have to leave eventually. I cannot change roles, it is a very small veterinary practice. They are great with me to be fair. My head nurse is very very understanding and if she can see my struggling, asks (when convenient) if I should be at home (like this morning). It always seems to be Mondays (I work Saturdays so I don't get 2 good full days off) that I am very bad and I get a little better towards the end of the week. (I work a 10 hour shift on Thursday) and I usually cope. I have already offloaded a few of my duties that others can do so my day is less strained, but I am still feeling like its all too much for me to cope with. My husband is working full time, and we need my part time wage to eat and fuel the car. Its so sad this illness. I look OK (ish, sometimes I look like a panda with the grey bags under my eyes), and people say, don't you look well! When really I feel awful. I almost feel like I am lying.
Not sure what to do. I am worried. I stress about money. I wish the DLA people would take fibro seriously and help me. Other people with illnesses which are just as debilitating get the help. Just because it is invisible does not mean it ruins your life.
:( I am sad today. Been told by the neuro's secretary that my results are in the post. I have to wait. :(
Want the hubby home so I can have a cuddle. :(
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby Iceskatemum » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:36 pm

Big Hugs jemma, sorry you feel so down , this cold weather doesn't help. You obviously have a very physical and demending job ( I know I couldn't do it ) Go have a chat with your GP and discuss the possibility of time off , to be honest if you are thinking about it you probably need it but if anything like most of us are a bit panicked about actually taking it. ( If you understand what I mean lol)

I was dx this time last year but spent many years managing my ill health by having time off work every year or so. Can't say my employer was too happy about it but it kept me in work until my most recent episode.

In all of this do what suits you , if you tell your employer about your illness they then have a duty to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to allow you to continue working. This can be review of duties , equipment or procedures that don't cause you additional symptoms. There are gov agencies that are set up to help employers deal with thier responsibilites (In the first instance contact your local job market).

Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby millieb » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:42 pm

Oh you poor thing. I know how you feel though. I was signed off work for 2 weeks. then had 1 week holiday. Have been back for 2 and a bit weeks, but been struggling, I sleep even less when I am at work and that makes it harder. I think the time off helped me get my head around it and realise what I can and can't do. But it was hard as I teach in a small school where being off has a lot of implications. However, it gave me the strength to request part time work.
I would recommend you take the time off and use it to get your self and your strength up. Good luck x
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Re: Would being signed off work for a little while help?

Postby minihaha » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:42 pm

I was signed off work last week and must admit that iam beginning to feel a wee bit better. I am wondering whether anyone has askedfor a period of unpaid leave - maybe 6 mnths or so to help me decide what to do. I am thinking of asking for this so I can concentrate on trying to learn how much or how little to push myself. Does anyone have any experience of this?
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