At the end of May 2016 I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy after have headaches, earache, pain in my face and eye all on my left side. This was further confirmed after attending A&E after being sent there by my GP and then experiencing slurred speech after attending my GP for a follow up and being sent to hospital by ambulance after my GP thought I had a stroke. After many tests it was found that I had a cyst on my pituituary gland but no stoke and no identifiable reason for my slurred speech except for the Bells Palsy.
After the Bells went I started to experience migraines which started from my next and continued to the back of my head this lead to my speech becoming slurred and again being referred to hospital. I am now under neurology for this and have been admitted 3 times since June last year with the most recent being Friday 5th January this year.
My diagnosis is based on the migraines that I have which is brought on by cold, humidity , stress , tiredness and hunger. This in turn affects my speech. My episodes used to last a day however my last episode of slurred speech lasted 5 days which was the reason for admission, as the duration has worsened.
I am currently employed in a GP surgery since March 2016 however I was off sick with this diagnosis from June to October, the a week in September and now I have been off since 30th December and signed off until 31St January. I have now been referred to Occupational Health as my employers want to know how they can assist. My role has already been reduced from full -time to 20 hours a week as agreed by neurology. I can take breaks when I need to, I am only allowed to complete admin tasks with no front desk duties but my GP has advised me to leave this role due to distance and the stressful environment. There is actually nothing else they can do to assist me so I don't know how to respond.