Fibromyalgia not considered for medical retirement

I have been informed by Endo consultant that ME/ Fibromyalgia is not usually considered for medical retirement - has anyone tried and failed - who work for a local Authority?? Seems abit naff as I been told no cure

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    Sarah-Jane
    Sarah-Jane

    I cannot answer your question but would be interested in the answers you get - but in the meantime would like to add a question - do you suffer from any additional illnesses as we often do? May help a claim as it was mentioned to me when I was talking to Occupational Therapist Advisor when I only suffered from migraines!

    LindseyMid
    LindseyMid FibroAction

    It has been done. The difficulty is getting sufficient evidence that you will not be able to work in the future. How long you have been diagnosed and seeing a specialist helps with this - if you are still unwell enough to work after a long period of treatment then that is unlikely to change quickly. Some consultants will not stand up in court and say your symptoms are permanent though (as Fibro can be managed - the difficulty is sorting out effective treatment for individual patients).

    I would suggest getting legal advice on this. There are some links to organisations that can provide free legal advice on the FibroAction Benefits page www.fibroaction.org/Pages/B... or contact a solicitor that deals with employment law. I know the firm Brian Barr Associates has handled quite a few Fibro related cases, but a local firm could also do a good job.

    As Sarah-Jane said, if you have other conditions, that can have a big impact. Not least because having other conditions that are poorly controlled is a common reason to struggle with getting Fibro under control.

    tink
    tink

    as we know all our symptoms vary some people have flare ups of fibro then can go months with no symptoms at all and some of us (including me) never get a break from it, i know i'm not old at 36 but had worked for 15 years as a support worker, but when i got so bad i was unable to work (2008) my employer (which was local authority) had to put me through capability procedures to go through it legally, and my welfare rights officer advised me to try claim for medical retirement but they wouldn't have any of it as they said to do that they would have to have proof that in the next 30 years that the medical profession will never be able to find a cure and i don't suppose that would be easy to prove with any illness really but fingers crossed for you

    Rach1977
    Rach1977

    Hi, I work for the government and have a quite a bit of knowledge in relation to ill health retirement so I may be able to help you. It is achievable to leave through Fibro. PM me so we can chat there. x

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    Hi Rach1977. I have PM you my other symptoms conditions so we can chat

    Thanx

    Rach1977
    Rach1977

    HI I am sorry been busy, will reply asap. Please forgive me, Rach x

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    Hi Rach if u could offer any advise I'd be grateful my appt is any day now and I would hate to learn something after the event

    Thanx. Other condition sent in messages

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    Hi Rachel any info/ advise????????

    anneoflincs
    anneoflincs

    Hi there. I was retired on ill health from East Lindsey District Council (Lincolnshire) in 2007 due to fibromyalgia so yes it is possible. It took 2 occupational health referrals to different doctors but personnel couldn't argue with their reports. I did not get my ill health pension though as fibro 'can improve over many years' !!!!!!!!!!

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    What did you get if not your pension??

    anneoflincs
    anneoflincs

    one months salary for every year served in a lump sum. After the Dr's reports I was also eligible for incapacity benefit, but am currently going through the process to be transferred to the new esa - not holding my breath though as so many people on the forums have failed to qualify for anything.

    anneoflincs
    anneoflincs

    They did try to get me back to work in my old job in a graduated return to work (I was a visiting officer and couldn't do the driving or manage carrying a laptop around along with reams of paper) - they refused to consider redeployment. I went to unison and they helped me with meetings with the management/personnel etc.

    martinarapley
    martinarapley

    Oh dear. I think I am at the begining of all this. Manager starting to make noises about me not able to manage the environment.

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    Canty they change the environment - law stares reasonable adjustments

    martinarapley
    martinarapley

    It's a listed building and they can't facilitate an office in the main house. Might have to move to another unit which is new building mostly on one floor but I just think that they will then have issues with my Fibro fog and capability because I'm a nurse. It's just so scary not knowing whats going to happen.

    Jeannie
    Jeannie

    I take Duluxetine for fog and it really works. I am very poorly presently - in bed as I write BUT the fog is not too bad. GP says impossible but I know fir definite this is the only reason I asked for this medication!!!!!!!!!!!! Well actually I was on Fluluxetine but endocrine dept changed as Duluxetine apparently proven to help pain along with anti seizure meds (Pregapentin)

    Good luck. They don't sound very nice - disgusting for medical profession. Don't forget you have good qualifications don't let anyone put you down cos your not well!!!!!!!

    Gentle hug

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