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Fibro long term sick return to work

I'm feeling rather depressed at the moment naturally from pain and inability to have my regular life back. But I think I need to get out of the house more and try and get back into work, I would only be able to manage 2/3 days just working a few hours. Have any of you gone back to work and what do you do that supports you and this condition please? X

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I have changed my job and cut my hours back to help I think if you could manage to go back to work it would help you I find if I'm home to much I dwell on things going to work gives my brain a break you get some social interaction I have also started yoga I only do what I can manage but I love it it stretches my muscles and is really relaxing hope you feeling a bit better soon.


Hi my friend

You could try applying for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) as this is a non taxable benefit and it payable whether you work or not. It is paid out on how your illness or disability affects your day to day living.

How To Claim PIP:

There is also ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) which is payable (again, on how your illness or disability affects your day to day living). Please find an excerpt form the *GOV.UK cache below:

Claiming ESA if you work

Your ESA isn’t usually affected if you either:

earn up to £20 a week

work for less than 16 hours a week and earn up to £115.50 a week, for 52 weeks or less (or for any length of time if you’re in the support group)

This is called ‘permitted work’.

You can also do ‘supported permitted work’ and earn up to £115.50 a week. This must be part of a treatment programme, or supervised by someone from a local council or voluntary organisation whose job it is to arrange work for disabled people.

You must tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if you start doing permitted or supported permitted work. They’ll send you form PW1 to fill in and send back to them.

Any volunteer work you do needs to be reported. It normally doesn’t affect your ESA.

How To Claim ESA:

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck, and please take care of yourself.

All my hopes and dreams for you



I completely understand and empathise with you. I have been off work for over 6 months and i have decided to return next week as i need something to get me out of bed and the house albeit its very difficult but i think a few hours in a day would help with mental state. My work has been very supportive and they are allowing me the flexibility to start and finish whenever I can. I hope you get the support needed because it's very important. Take care


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