New job/work issues
New job/work issues
HI all, I have been suffering severe headaches since the age of 21 years, I am 59 this year. I was diagnosed with "Migraine" when 21 by a casualty doctor....not much known about headaches then After years of suffering and having a fantastic GP (good old days) who managed to get me an appoitment with Professor Goadsby (many years ago) where upon he did actually diagnose me with CH. He did take me in hospital to give me "a holiday" in his words and had the ergotamine treatment. Was great at the time but aviail did not last. I decided to move abroad and i have to say the sun/heat did help my headaches ( i no they can increase with heat etc) The hospital in Cyprus were really good putting me on oxygen (was not allowed oxygen therapy at home in Cyrpus there rules) . I returned to the UK end of 2018 and yes the headaches came back with an almighty bang. Welcome back CH. My Gp referred me to a lovely Dr. McFaden who operates a specialist clinic every 2 weeks. What a lovely lady who listens and understands. I have since being diagnosed with CH & Migraines inbetween. I have oxygen at home, Sumatriptan injections (by the bucket full) taking amitriptelyne daily (at night time).
I was made redundant from my job working from home last year due to Covid and the travel industry. However I managed to get a job pretty quickly but ended up working 14 hours a day. After speaking to Dr. McFaden she sent me a letter i could use with my employers re shift work being on new medication etc....you guessed it no sucess so left the position. I signed onto universal credit for a very short time to where they wanted a FIT TO WORK note from my GP saying i can only work restricted hours due to my medication side effects making me drowsy. When applying for jobs i was unsure if to disclose my CH so i asked universal credit for assistance on this one. They advised to inform employers that i suffer from said headaches. I did not feel i could do this as surely some employers think oh well she will be off work for periods, we need someone who can come to work daily.
I managed to get a temporary job dealing with Covid issues. I have just recently had to have several days off over the last 2 months due to the headaches (and been in casualty via ambulance as they are so bad) now my employer wishes to see me on my return to work (tomorrow) after my latest bout. They think it is stress related and i am fed up of telling them it is not. I work in the NHS and the amount of people who have never heard of CH is unreal.
Sunday was a really bad day for me to the point i was severely considering suicide so i could just go to sleep and have no more headaches. But i remembered what happened before when having to have my stomach pumped. My GP gave me the number for local Crisis......i did not call them because i talked myself back round again.
I am currently applying for new jobs so my question are;
1. Do i actually tell the new employer i have CH + Migraines - has anyone had experience of this?
2. Do i keep quiet and hope the CH settles down ( i can hope!!!)
3. Can i be "sacked" for not informing my new employer i suffer from CH/Migraines.
Thank you for reading my post and sorry it dragged on a bit but this is the first time i have posted on here.
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