severe LPR and leave of absence from work

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Date Joined Mar 2013
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   Posted 4/5/2013 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Folks

I've been suffering from LPR for 17 months, and things just keep
getting worse despite seeing many doctors and even having been
put through an unnecessary vocal surgery. I can barely talk now.
Before considering further surgeries I want to first make sure I am stress free,
lose weight, and have a good diet.

So a week back I told my employer I cannot continue working.
I am now on a provisional short term leave, pending all the approvals,
the first of which has to come from my doctor (I didn't ask him
before doing this because I incorrectly assumed the company will send me to one
of their approved doctors). They are asking me to get my doc's permission, so
I am waiting to get that done.

Am I justified to do this? Has anyone else taking short term leave
to deal with this awful disease? Even if the doctors signs off on
this, it seems they still review and determine whether or not it gets
approved or not?

Hewitt nurse (the outsourcing company that handles our leave of absence process) told
me short term leave is for when you cannot perform your duties.
I technically can, but I feel doing so is making my condition worse and
not allowing myself to focus on my health and heal. My voice situation has caused
me great anxiety which I think is just snowballing the problem.
Even if I have to take leave without pay, I will happily do it.

Please share your thoughts and experiences with me.

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Date Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 4/5/2013 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to hear of your condition. I know how difficult it can be to focus on work and have an illness at the same time. I suffer from Gastritis for 4 months now and in the begining, it was so bad that I called in sick quite a bit. I even contemplated on extended leave because I was feeling so bad. I was feeling dizzy and weak all the time. You need to do what is best for you and if that is taking time off to deal with your illness, then so be it. I wish you all the best.

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Date Joined Mar 2013
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   Posted 4/5/2013 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I am SO glad I saw this post today. I've been dealing with Gerd & LPR since January of this year. I am symptomatic 24/7. Since January, I've called in sick at least 15 times. I decided on Monday to take a leave of absence to deal with this. This disease is turning my life upside down. Part of my decision, like you, is to remove all stress from my life and focus solely on getting better. I went from not even knowing Reflux and LPR was even a disease (I can count on one hand how many times I've had heartburn in my life) to being diagnosed with Barrett's and experiencing constant, daily Reflux. I've been afraid to eat and lost 15 lbs. as a result - I'm a small person and cannot afford to lose anymore weight and now I'm afraid to sleep as the past couple of weeks I've woken up either because of my throat burning and in the case of two nights ago, gasping for air (I now have an inhaler that I had to be taught how to use).

Even with all of my symptoms I feel nervous and scared about taking leave - I know it's the right thing to do for my health but I just hate the feeling of life going on without me. I keep over thinking and second guessing my decision though. My family and close friends support my choice and agree that it is the right decision.

I hate to complain because I know there are so many people out there who are dealing with so much worse, but I have to say, this disease sucks.

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 4/6/2013 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Totally hear you guys!

My burning throat and voice problems were getting worse and worse, I contemplated for a while about quitting, and I finally did.

It's very difficult for the people around you to understand what LPR/GERD can do to oneself. All they say is why aren't you looking for a job.

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Date Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 4/8/2013 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I was actually told today when I left a few hours early that I needed to take care of my issues because I'm causing production issues.
I tried explaining to my head boss and he couldn't care less, he just said he didn't care and that I needed to take care of it because it's not working for him.

But you're all right, they're all like, "I've never had heartburn so I can't relate." and I think to myself, "If only it were just heartburn."
It's even gotten so bad I had lost my voice a couple times, even then they still want a doctors note.

If I asked for a leave of absence, they'd probably just walk me out. So I just gimp it along till the next appointment with a doc.

I'd say if you can afford it, and they let you do it, go for it.

I've had pretty good luck with my chiropractor adjusting my stomach, it doesn't usually stay in place longer than a day or two but I definitely feel better and can actually eat full meals without issue.
If you haven't tried it, it might work for you, I know of a couple people here locally who only go in once a month and they have almost no symptoms.
Just make sure you find one people recommend, there are a lot of crooked/bad chiropractors out there.
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