I am new here too. I am in much the same position you are. I have been at my job for almost 6 years and now I am missing so much work that they are basically trying to push me out. I am on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) so they cannot just fire me, but they are headed towards getting me out. My BF is telling me to pursue SSD and I don't even know where to start or if I would qualify and if I do -- what then?
I am scared. I am an independent person and I am scared I will lose everything. I have bills, rent, student loans, car payment, etc etc etc. But if I cannot make it through one day at work...what choice is there? I have been paying into SSD for about
20 years...so I earned it right? I'm 35 and it just has such a stigma attached to it. I know my Mom would just be so disappointed in me. Well, hell - she already is, so what's the difference. I need to take care of ME for once and not everyone around me, right?
Anyhow, I take vicodin when I have flares or really bad pain days. My rheumy used to give it to me willingly (for the last few years), with 2 refills even. Now just recently he is reluctant to prescribe it and gives me one script
and makes me basically beg for more. It takes the edge off my fibro pain and makes me almost sub-human again. It stops me from crying myself to sleep at least. I take it sparingly. I suffer and suffer and then I give in and take one.
So nice to meet you. Keep us updated on your Rheumy appt and how your SSDI interview goes. I am going to start looking into it myself.
Fibromyalgia since 1995 (dx 1998)
Chronic Fatigue, Migraines, TMJ, Carpal Tunnel, Insomnia, IBS, Neck Injury C5/C6, allergies etc etc etc...
Ultram, Vicodin, Ambien, Zanaflex, Xanax, Advil (and they don't work for me...), Zyrtec-D'Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.'