Hi ladies (sorry long post),
I just wanted to share with you my positive experience with Occupational Health in work to give some of you hope
Now, I should mention that I work in a University and I am aware that we are very lucky with the way our HR department can treat us when it comes to sick leave, longterm conditions, etc. Also a bit of background about myself: I have had symptoms for about 2 years which got rapidly much worse when I initally came off the pill. I had a lap under general gynea in December which came back clear but my symptoms never improved, I got fobbed off from A&E afterwards saying all my pain was gynea related despite my lap being clear... this is when I decided to pay for a private consultation with an endo specialist who also works for the NHS - he referred me back to his NHS clinic and he decided to do another lap on me as he thinks I have digestive endo and/or adenomyosis - I am currently waiting for my surgery date!
I am in the meantime on the Mirena coil which helps with the crazy bleeding I used to have but my pain is still there and still getting worse... which is why I have to take time off at least once a month during my periods as I cannot stay sat down or stand up for prolonged periods of time and no way I can sit in meetings either. This is why my line manager (who is really supportive and again I am aware I am lucky in that respect) decided to refer me to Occupational Health to assess my fitness to work and get recommendations on reasonable adjustments.
I had my OH appointment on Tuesday - I was dreading it but it was all for nothing! I saw an amazing OH nurse who knew a lot about endo and completely understood my symptoms and needs! She recognised that the only treatment is the lap where they do excision and aknowledged that until I get it done, I will still be in pain and that I will need adjustements. She came up with working from home for these days where I can't come and sit in work but I am still able to work on a laptop in comfy clothes from the comfort of my home! I am yet to have the follow-up meeting with my manager to discuss the conclusions of my appointment but it was just so nice to come across a nurse who knew lots about the condition and who was super understanding!
If you have any questions about OH assessments I am more that happy to answer from my experience!