Post Edited (powertronn) : 5/13/2007 1:21:59 PM (GMT-6)
Welcome to Healing Well. I am one of the forum co-moderators but I have been absent because my migraines got so bad.
If I might kindly offer a couple of suggestions about your posts. They are filled with interesting information that we would all like to read, however when you write in one long paragraph it is difficult to keep reading. Breaking your post into smaller paragraphs help others read your post without losing focus.
Thanks for submitting your posts, everyone's contributions are necessary to keep the forum going.
Welcome to Healing Well. Reading your story was like reading my own a few years ago. I had not visited a neurologist and didn't feel any support from anyone. My neurologist has been very helpful and my doctor as well.
I have lost many jobs because of my migraines and am on my third bout of disability. I have always quit or gone on sick leave before I could be fired, but the result is the same I have a spotty job history that makes it look like I can't keep a job for very long.
Here in Canada we have legislation that states one cannot be discriminated against because of illness. We also have disability insurance either through work or the government. My company didn't have insurance so I am receiving disability from the government. I have learned in Canada that employers cannot fire you or refuse to hire you because you suffer from a chronic illness.
Migraine headaches are being viewed more seriously now, nut just like one has "headaches", and people who suffer chronically are able to get benefits often provided for other chronic illnesses. For example, cancer sufferers or people with MS, epilepsy, etc are entitled to help from the government and their insurance companies.
Annuk will know better than I what is available in the UK. Perhaps you can find out what you are entitled to and can get some help with your job history and / or disability payments.
Best of luck. Let us know how it goes.