I went off sick last spring with suspected Arthritus problems. This lasted for 6 months although I pushed to be allowed to return. I went on line and found Access to Work who have been great. They help with transport to and around work. I thnk work were surprised and cornered into keeping me. Many others have left but who would want me? I have also signed up for DLA and my doc has yet to diagnose FM but believes it could be and treats me for the pain. Had lots of tests etc. But work is not accepting my times off for FM pain with comments like 'we are so short of staff' They know I won't make them cope if I could come in but they make me feel bad and I think they are aiming to lose me.Its not like they pay for those days off. Yesterday I had FM fog right in middle of my assessment! I am beginning to worry again as we cannot afford for me to be out of work. We will lose the house and still owe thousands, and in this climate that should leave us with a bedsit if we manage to sell first! I am 50 - who else would employ me?! I have been with them for over 12 years as a Teaching Assistant. Should I tough it out? What are the alternatives and what have you done/found? I do have a Union, should I contact them? I am able to work full time, Monday to Friday, but most TAs work part time. If things were to work out for me I could cut down my hours as I get worse, but I am hoping for another few years yet.