HI all. What are your experiences in returning to work after a period of absence? My doctor is saying that I m capable of part time work however can't walk much (50m) nor drive for long 15 min. These restrictions don't allow me to return to my previous work and there s rarely any part time work in IT. My income insurance payment will reduce to 25% of my original salary which means I won't be able to afford medical services. I was planning on seeing a holistic doctor and she costs a lot! Feel stuck and scared.. I still feel pain with walking, hip and back pain with sitting and driving. How am I suppose to work with so much pain and insomnia ? Doctors just want me to take old anti depressants ..something seriously wrong with the medical system...feel like ranting
Oh and the doctor doesn't recommend me to return to my old work which bullied me and didn't care about my welfare whilst being home from fractured foot 9 months ago. Apparently I have to work to feel better about myself .... is this based on facts or their stats?
I think they mayb referring to how working would give you a purpose....which would help reduce any 'worthless' type thoughts....based on the assumption this is their thinking...
I have not worked in over 18 months, due to being discriminated by my employers, and im not well enough to work yet, and the thought of returning to work does scare me, but i want to work, so know from a psychological point of view it will help....but financially may not be helpful....tis about weighing out what works for you....and then sternly telling your doctor your decision....
My doctor has called me and said that she hasn't given me enough warning to prepare for a return to work. She will get me to see a sports physician again to get into a rehab fitness program... sigh.. a bit more time to think and prepare
Would it be possible to work a deal job or from home? I left my job in 2010 to recuperate from major surgery. One after another med problem kept jumping on board and I'm totally unable to work now. I miss not working, badly. Work while you can, if possible. It does play on guilty feelings when you can't. As for depression, it's part of what we deal with. There's no shame in taking meds for it. Due to a generic defect that affects my brain (& depression) I'll be on meds the rest of my life. The alternative without meds...too scary to face again. Hugs love and prayers you can find alternative employment options that will help with reduced pain! 🙂💕🙏🌸
It is scary to go back to work. I went back last April after 22 months on medical leave. The doctrine thought it would be good for my self esteem and moral. The thing he didn't seem to understand was that my moral was pretty good. I did go back but after four months my boss had me go see her to her office to tell me that she was concerned and so were my colleagues. She said she new I had all the brains to do this work and that am good at it but she see's that my body doesn't follow. She wondered why the doctor sent me back knowing that I might be eligible for invalidity. So after another month I decided to go see the doctor am now on my second leave. But am happy I did try again even do it wasn't easy. Most employers don't understand what we go true. But I did loose a lot of all the energie I did gain befor going back, am still paying for using to much of my (not so high ) energy.
I hope your doctor will take in mind what you tell him and stand by you to help prepare what lies a head. In my case presently he still doesn't think I should be on leave, but am lucky my pain management doctor thinks the opposit. So does my boss. It sad to see that even the medical specialist don't believe us. The next step will be me fighting for my invalidity rent and I think me going back even do it was only for a short period help. It help me acknowledged that I am in deed sick physically and not mentally ( even do my moral somethings take's a hit for all this sickness) am also happy that I had a chance to say good bye too my colleagues whit whom I worked for 15 years.
Hope This helps you not feel so alone in this going back to work thing. ;) I think it's not easy and txt we need all the support and comprehension possible for it to work. It is stressful but it can also be self revealing !! Wish you the best 🌞🌞🌞
Thank you all. Julia and Flappy, it must have been hard for you. My doctor today told me that x Ray showed arthritis on lower back. It explains sciatic pain. Now I m wondering whether my hip joint has something wrong too as I ve had extreme pain there. Pain doctor blames everything on fibro and nerve sensitization and think I should work. I don't know how I could work sitting down for hours, walk on hard surfaces, drive a manual for over an hour to goto my work. Oh they are prescribing old antidepressants in small doses to calm the nerves..not as anti depressant
I ran into a site that lists jobs you can do at home. I imagine with IT experience you might find something you could do? The site I was looking at was flexjobs.com. You can look through the different jobs but if you want the contact information it's a fee. I can't remember if you can just pay for one month or have to do the three month interval. I was helping my son look for jobs so we signed up for the three month .. I think it was something like 32.00
This site has been written up in several tech magazines and if you Google it, it has had pretty good reviews.
Whatever you choose I hope you find the perfect fit for you.
I did go back to work part time for several years. I used to be a home health nurse but went back to work as a home health caregiver. Loved it although many days I could barely move once I got home. About 3 years ago though my mom took a turn for the worse and now I am renting a room from my parents and have become her caregiver.