All my life ive had odd aches and pains. As a child it was considered "growing pains". I have a distinct memory of about 10yrs old and finding it painful to sit on a classroom floor with my legs crossed in a basket or worse sitting on my knees. My tendons in my calves have always been tight. But i just thought that was normal. About 3 years ago i began to develop pain in the sole of my heels when i would get up in middle of the night to let my dog out. This got progressivly worse. After a year and a half i went to my gp.
i was diagnosed plantar fasciitis. This is commonly called policemans heel or fallen arches. This is painful because the achilles tendon pulls on the arch or plantar fascia, in turn causing pain in the heel.
After cortisone injections in the sole of my heels "excrushiating pain!" And physio excersises for over a year i was convinced i either needed an operation to stretch the tendons in both my legs or i was a hypercondriact. At times i have considered if this could be all in my head as its different kinds of pain on different days. Most recently my heels get soar after i walk about 10-15 mins. However with increased tight calf muscles and compensating for how i walj with my feet, my left hit now hurts. My gp says its not my actual hip but the muscle or tendon round the front of my hip/top of my leg. This pain is sharp and piercing. But i also feel a burning cramping pain on the back sides of my hips. Like two specific areas to the left and right of my lower back. Everyday is one or more of these symptoms. Also diagnosed diabetic type 2 and high cholestarol so i generally feel ill a lot of the time too. I have had my current job for a year and a half. I specifically chose a call centre so i could sit and work. But since i started i have had 14 seperate absences. Some of them a week or two. Some of them a couple of months. To top it all off i have had depression since puberty and been taking fluoxatine for 15 years. I have cronic insomnia and have tried sleeping pills but think im more or less immune to them now. Sometimes this constant pain which comes and goes gets me down. As well as this i get constant acid reflux in my stomach as an effect of ibuprofen and cocodamol. And because its so unpredictable i have considered if it is all in my head. Thinking i might actually be crazy. A real hypercondriact feeling pain for imaginary illnesses as this never seems to get better. It just changes day to day.
Dont get me wrong when im off work sick, i can have lie ins, relax at home and manage my symptoms then it does get better. However as soon as i go back to work after just a couple of weeks it flares up again. My employer has refused to drop my hours to part time as i believe i could only work 3 days a week and better if those 3 days were together. So work 3 days and 4 days to recover and so on.
Now im considering leaving my job altogether. Its not fair to keep calling sick as often as i do. To them or to me. Physically, mentally and financially.
So my main points/questions
would i be penalised by the dwp if i willingly leave my job due to this illness?
How do i discuss the possability of fibro with my gp?
am i entitled to state benefits in the uk such as esa and dla?
Is it worth persuing my physio to operate on my tight leg muscles?