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Jun 24, 2019 1:56 PM

Sorry I haven’t been on in a while. The college I worked for had my pain doctor complete some forms that basically asked the same question, just worded slightly different “ What accommodations need to be done for me to return to full time?”. Well, my doctor wrote and I quote “Her Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) affects her ability to work full time due to unrelenting pain.” Under time frame, temporary or permanent, he wrote “unknown”, he then ended it with “ CRPS can resolve slowly over time or become permanent”. As a result, the college let me go last Tuesday. So I’m losing my good insurance at the end of the month and having to switch to my husband’s which means I’m going from Highmark to UPMC which means I have to switch ALL my doctors including pain management, PCP and PT and I’m going to have to stop counseling as under my policy, there was no copayment but under my husband it is $75 and we’ve lost my income. Trying to go back on short term disability and I guess I got to start the filing for disability.
I understand why my doctor did what he did. I couldn’t have handled being up and about 10+ hours a day just for work. I understand the college’s position as I have not been full time since the accident on October 7th. But it is so hard. I’ve worked so hard and I’ve tried so hard to get back to where I was. But I’m not there. I may never get there.
So if anyone knows of any good UPMC doctors in the Pittsburgh area or advice regarding disability, I could use it.
Thanks!

Jun 24, 2019 2:15 PM

Hi Gabby I’m sorry you lost your job but I will keep you in my prayers and hope that you will find a way sometime .
Just note 📝 that we are all here for you whenever you need to chat ok hugs Shore🦋🤗🤗🙏

Jun 24, 2019 2:19 PM

Hi btw I’m on disability right now and have no work , I haven’t been since I been to where I live now , I’m live in a nice place though and on jy ien . Soon next year I’ll have a Partner with me.
My fiancé ))) .. I am also on medical assistance I like s kitty pills are not so high up there . I hope that you get something soon hug gently 🦋🦋🌈🤗🤗 Also I have a Power of Attorney who helps with my fiancé when both my past passed away . So I’m kinda like you in a way hugs . Shore.

Jun 25, 2019 10:38 AM

I am so sorry to hear this Gabbylynn! But I'd definitely say his statement and the fact the college let you go would be positive enforcement towards getting disability. And with it comes Medicare insurance in the USA (not sure where you live). Hugs love & prayers everything works out for you soon! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Jun 25, 2019 10:50 PM

Thanks Shore and Flappy. I’m hoping I don’t have much trouble with disability. I just haven’t had to “ask” my hubby for money in over 20 years. I know it’s “our” money but I’m just used to not having to explain every expenditure.
Hope everyone has a great hump day tomorrow ❤️

Jun 26, 2019 6:50 AM

Hi gabby I hope that you have a nice day today also . Hug gently Shore❤️🦋❤️❤️🌈

Jun 26, 2019 10:42 AM

Gabbylynn, it's a hard adjustment going from 2 incomes to 1 income. We did it by cutting back unnecessary things or reducing our cellphone and television packages, even our Auto insurance (we increased the deductible & decreased how much payout would be). We eat out less and when we do eat out we choose special places as treats or dates.

When I put in for disability I went through a lawyer. It ended up saving me time and hardship because they did everything. Find one who specializes in disability. My attorney was one (of very few in my state) who has direct access to electronically submit everything to the SSA. That was a major bonus in timesaving too.

Jun 27, 2019 4:08 PM

As someone who has worked since I was 14, and up until around 3 years ago was still working 7 days per week and matching my husband's income, I understand how you must feel.
Not just having to live off his wage, but to have to ask him to do some of the housework too is so hard for me. Again, I've always been very self sufficient, I never needed anyone to help me.
Now he has injured himself and is off work, with all payments to stop within weeks. The stress is on.
I don't know how it works in America but I hope you get more help than we are right now. We have zero insurance/coverage/fall back for this circumstance.
Just don't do what I do, and blame yourself xx
Best of luck.

Jun 28, 2019 7:59 AM

Katpain, I'm sorry to hear of your hubby's injury & the added financial strain it's put on your family! I'm blessed by my hubby's job having very good insurance and other benefits, especially in today's workforce. But I just said to my sister yesterday, "I'm not sure which is easier really: having no insurance or having insurance that has high deductible, copays and out of pocket expenses (ours are over $8000 each/yr and then some, like my 2 meds the insurance won't cover that costs us over $300 a month together)." The USA needs a major medical care & insurance overhaul for sure! And my hubby and I both have had surgery this year and possibly each looking at more. But thankfully his benefits are good. I have many family members who have zero insurance or benefits. I'd consider myself independent (since 16), and asking for help us a hard thing for me too. I think everyone struggles with that too some degree. I'll be praying for your family, and sending hugs & love! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Jun 28, 2019 12:17 PM

I wish you the best too xx

Jun 30, 2019 4:43 PM

I lost my job this month too. June 30, 2019 officially but the 28th was my last day. My car has been sitting in my driveway with all the belongings from my office since Friday. I haven’t the heart to unpack it. It’s just me. I have no mate. Lost my income. My doctor wants me to go on disability. I’ve never been on disability before. I thought I would work until retirement. The agency said they did away with my position after they merged with another agency. I know differently. Lack of compassion for me because of my illness. It’s been very stressful. I think my health my improve some without all the stress... from dealing with people’s attitudes. I want to see.
I’m trusting God through this transition. I need to stay busy so I don’t get depressed though.

Jun 30, 2019 5:55 PM

I'm sorry to hear you've also lost your job MySistersKeeper! I can only imagine the added stress & concerns you must feel, and others like you who don't have anyone else's income coming in. My own sisters store is closing their doors for a second remodel in 12 months, and only she and a few others are being sent to other stores during the"temporary" closure. They've been threatening to close permanently so I have to wonder how convenient! She is unmarried and needs a total knee replacement but wants to hold off until she's 65 next year, all because of the high deductible & copays she must pay.

I think our workforce is going through a changing evolution that's forcing out older workers, especially those with health issues. And I suspect party of that is due to the cost of carrying insurance benefits on employees. And like you said, there is a definite lack of compassion nowadays. Sending you & everyone hugs love & prayers for strength and support to get through these challenges! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Jul 06, 2019 7:29 AM

Thank you so very much for your support and words of understanding, Flappy.

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