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  • Day 4 of Returning to work- Things going downhill

    I don't know if I can handle this or not.

    I know that after being off work for 8 weeks to have my hysterectomy, deal with all the physical complications, mental complications and such were going to be a struggle going back into the workforce.

    Right now my body physically feels as if it is just shutting down. Everyday I look in the mirror and the reflection that I had a week ago that looked refreshed and somewhat healthy again is gone. I am back to crying and being in pain all the time. I HATE THIS!
    We just need money so badly. I was hoping that I could just tough things out and that after a week or so the transition would end. But my employer wouldn't let me "ease" back into my job.

    SORRY to sound so depressed I think I just needed to get some things off my chest. Does anyone think I should call my doctor back again and let him get a look at me the way I am now after 4 days of work? Maybe he could put me back on leave and I could file for my disability policy.
    Wendi
    IC symptoms began in 1975; diagnosed in March 2006.
    Other conditions: PFD, Migraine, VV, Total Abd Hysterectormy on 12/27,06 for Cervical Cancer, Fibromyalgia.
    Current Daily Meds: Roxicet, Methadone, Flexoril, Flomax
    I use Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Breathing and TENS to help relieve stress, anxiety and pain- LOTS of make up to hide my true identity!

    myspace page:www.myspace.com/armslee

  • #2
    I would check with the doctor. Maybe you have gone back to work to soon or maybe it is time to consider disability. I think getting your doctor's opinion would help you make that decision.

    Hang in there!!
    Miss Bessie

    Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

    Hebrews 13:2 - Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

    Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life

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    • #3
      I also think you should discuss with your doctor -- discuss it with Dr. Doggweiler when you see her as well. I know that back when I had taken a year off work and then decided to get another full-time job, she looked at me like I was absolutely CRAZY and kept asking, "Are you SURE you can handle this? Maybe we should just start paperwork for disability instead..."

      At times, like today, which is my first day back to work after InterStim surgery, I think I WAS crazy to come back to work... but at home I felt like I was wasting my Ph.D., etc, etc, etc..... the decision to stop working is just so, so hard. Listen to your heart on this one, it knows the way.
      ****
      Jen

      *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
      *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
      *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
      *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

      **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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      • #4
        Wendi...YES!!!!! Do talk with your doctor.
        Sharon

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        IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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        • #5
          When you talk with your doctor one option to discuss could be getting documentation to ease back into work. You could start back half-time (or whatever you determine you're able to handle), then slowly increase the daily hours until you're back to full-time. I was able to do that a few years ago after non-IC related surgery and it made the transition so much easier.

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          • #6
            Why couldn't you go start back part time? Did your doctor write a note stating that you needed to ease back to work? I know most places of employment after being off an extended amount of time you have to have an doctors excuse to come back to work, and after any type of surgery you usually can't just "jump" back full time no matter what type of work. I have a secetarial type job and I know the sitting/standing is gets to be tiring. I would call your doctor who did the surgery and have him get you a note stating all of this.

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            • #7
              Unfortunately this is my situation:
              I work for satan.
              He knows my doctor in a professional matter due to their job positions. Satan tells me that he will NOT let me return to work pt. My job it FT. Therefore if I want to come back it will be as FT.
              At my job, I have an LTD policy thay I pay for each week out of my salary. This has been the "back up" plan of mine in case things don't work out.

              So I cannot quit my job. I have to do what satan wants, else he fires me and I lose my group LTD policy. After speaking with a disability attorney last summer, if I get terminated, I cannot file a claim on my policy.

              So needless to say, I am stuck between a rock and a hard place. I wanted to try to come back to work to see if I could handle it and make back some of my missing earnings that my family so deperately needs right now just to survive. I am going to call my doctor today and get his opinion on all this. What other choice do I have? Maybe he will let me come in tomorrow morning for a consult.
              Wendi
              IC symptoms began in 1975; diagnosed in March 2006.
              Other conditions: PFD, Migraine, VV, Total Abd Hysterectormy on 12/27,06 for Cervical Cancer, Fibromyalgia.
              Current Daily Meds: Roxicet, Methadone, Flexoril, Flomax
              I use Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Breathing and TENS to help relieve stress, anxiety and pain- LOTS of make up to hide my true identity!

              myspace page:www.myspace.com/armslee

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