Reasonable Accomodations for Crohn's related arthritis

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   Posted 4/29/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I posted on the arthritis forum also but hoped to get a few more answers from here.  I have Crohn's related arthritis and am having a hard time at work right now.  I have researched the ADA and reasonable accomodations (I am currently on intermittent FMLA also but work most of the time) and think I may need to ask for one but I'm unsure on what exactly will help the most.  Has anyone here requested reasonable accomodations at work for the arthritis and, if so, what did you request?  I sit at a desk all day and think I may need a more ergonomic workstation but want to be more sure before I complete the official paperwork for HR.  Any input is greatly appreciated!
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not but I know at my husband's large insurance company many employees have work stations where you can sit, or raise it to stand, that way you don't have to do either for too long. You need to have a doctors note for it but they were pretty accomodation. Was your current station set up by an ergonomic specialist? If not, that might be a good place to start - with a consultation with one. It might not be that you need new stuff, it might just be they have to adjust it so its a proper fit.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 4/29/2009 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't asked my work for any accomodations, but one thing I did ask my family doc for was a handicap pass. I work in the downtown area of a large metropolitan city, and any where we park is at least 5-6 blocks away, and parking in our building is like $200 a month. I have alot of pain in my feet, knees and hips, and can't wait till I receive the pass, because my evenings and nights are miserable after all the walking.

I probably won't use it too much anywhere else because I can park alot closer at most places, but for getting to work its a must.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 5/4/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies.  I did get a handicapped parking pass so that I could park closer to my building.  Someone on the arthritis forum suggested I go to my state's department of vocational rehab program and I was able to find links with a lot more information.  I just can't believe how much some of these things cost! 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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